Ancient History Documentary: The True Story of Troy- An Ancient War Documentary film
The Greek mythology is fascinating. It is full of powerful gods like Zeus, Athena, Hera and Aphrodite, brave heroes like Achilles, Hector, Agamemnon, legendary quests and epic wars. There is one war tale, however, that has fascinated mankind. The tale of the Trojan War. A conflict between West and East. The War of Troy is described in Iliad, an epic poem by Homer. The truth behind the War of Troy (Trojan War) is so powerful, it has inspired 3,000 years of myth and legend. It's the site of the most legendary war in history and the Western world's oldest adventure story.
But how did War of Troy begin? The War of Troy (Trojan War) begun with a wedding, the wedding of Achilles’ parents: Thetis and Peleus. There was an omen that Thetis’ son would be much stronger than his father, so Zeus made sure that Thetis would marry a mortal. All Greek gods, Greek goddess and royals were invited to this wedding expect one goddess: Eris (Discordia in Latin). To revenge them, Eris invisibly dropped an apple to the wedding writing “To the Fairest”. Hera, Athena and Aphrodite asked Zeus to decide which goddess should take it, but Zeus diplomatically refused to do so and decided to let the handsome Paris, the son of Troy’s king to decide. The three goddesses tried to bribe Paris by offering wealth (Hera), wisdom and unbeatable military power (Athena) and Helen and the most beautiful woman of the world (Aphrodite). Paris chose Aphrodite’s offer and Aphrodite was given the apple. There was only one problem. Helen was married to another man, Menelaus, the King of Sparta and brother of the all mighty king of Greeks, Agamemnon.
In this history documentary film, archaeologists, literary detectives, and military analysts try to uncover the evidence that the mythological Trojan War and the legendary city of Troy is real. From archaeological trenches at ancient Troy and the citadel fortress of King Agamemnon, to Homer and Hollywood, this history documentary searches for the true story of Troy.
The story of Troy--the exploits of the nearly invincible Achilles, valiant Hector, the beautiful Helen, and the king of kings, Agamemnon--addresses many aspects of history and the human condition including questions particularly relevant today: When is war justified? And at what point is war made senseless by its awful cost? Vivid 3-D animation, re-enactments of battles, interviews with the world's leading experts, and exclusive film footage from sites of archaeological digs, bring the history of Troy to life.
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A visit to the heart of the first great civilizations between the Euphrates and the Aegean Sea takes us to the pre-Hellenic cities of Mycenae, Tiryns, and the legendary Babylonian city of Troy where archeological findings have confirmed existence of the world of heroes that Homer depicted in his epic poems. We will even visit the site of the classic battle between Hector and Achilles.
Mycenaean Greece was the last phase of the Bronze Age in Ancient Greece (ca. 1600-1100 BC). It takes its name from the archaeological site of Mycenae in Argolis, Peloponnese, southern Greece.
The Mycenaean Civilization "takes its name from the spectacular finds made by Heinrich Schliemann [who discovered the ruins of Troy] at Mycenae," according to the Oxford Classical Dictionary (OCD), 3rd ed. revised.
"The organizing centres of this civilization were the great palaces best preserved at Mycenae, Tiryns, Pylos and Thebes. While considerably smaller than the Minoan palaces and differently laid out, they evidently functioned similarly, as centres of administration, ceremonial, storage and craftwork. They presided over societies that were small in scale: most settlements ranged in size from a few households to some hundreds, and even the greatest, with populations probably in the thousands, do not have a very townlike appearance." (OCD)
Comment: It's easy to romanticize the ancient world, but I've always thought that these Bronze Age Greek civilizations -- still relatively unpopulated and integrated into the spectacular landscape -- must have been fantastic places to live.
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