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The ancient legend of Troy recorded in Homers epic poem The Iliad Oxford trans Robert Fitzgerald University Press 1974 has been retold in many other forms the most recent being the blockbuster film Troy 2004 Wolfgang Peterson Troy is a basic retelling of the myth lacking many elements of the book thus containing many inaccuracies However it appeals to a modern day audience shortening and condensing stories from the Iliad Odyssey and Aenead and greatly reducing the time span of events Some might say Troy is sacrilegious but could merely be viewed as another interpretation of events as The Iliad is too a secondary source of evidence The texts differ greatly from one another but contribute to pass on valuable tales to Western culture all that is left of Greek history As for the site of Troy itself researchers have found that descriptions in Homers Iliad coincide with their findings which is more than the films representation can say Troy or Ilium existed on the West Coast of what is modern day Turkey around 1200 BC There are many layers of strata and evidence suggesting that Ilium was indeed attacked and burned to the ground Hittite texts also make reference to the characters of Homers Iliad and a possible war Archaeologists are still questioning their finds and searching for evidence to support or disprove the many theories that evolve around Troy Between the book and the film there are a wealth of differences and similarities only lie in the basic undisputed ideas The Iliad begins in the ninth year of the ten year siege of the Greeks upon Troy whereas the movie shows Paris taking Helen away from Troy angering Menelaus in the process The Greeks sail across the Aegean Sea in ships of a questionable eighth century design wwwarchaeologyorgonlinereviewstroy for vengeance upon Priams Kingdom with the assistance of Achilles Fighting and bloodshed follow culminating in the well-known wooden horse stealth attack and
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