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The Modern Scholar: Archaeology and the Iliad: The Trojan War in Homer and History | [Eric H. Cline]

The Modern Scholar: Archaeology and the Iliad: The Trojan War in Homer and History

The Trojan War, captured forever in Homer's epic poem the Iliad, resonates to the present day in the popular imagination. But did Troy actually exist? And if so, where is it located? Was the Trojan War actually fought? And why? In this course, professor Eric H. Cline examines the history of Troy and delves into the archaeological discoveries that help to answer the questions above. Through an incisive analysis of known data, Professor Cline provides a fuller, richer understanding of this historic clash.
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Publisher's Summary

The Trojan War, captured forever in Homer's epic poem the Iliad, resonates to the present day in the popular imagination, and this magnificent confrontation continues to exert a tremendous influence on modern audiences.

But did Troy actually exist? And if so, where is it located? Was the Trojan War actually fought? If it was, did it take place over the course of ten years, as Homer wrote, or was it a much longer series of battles? And why was the war fought? Could Helen's face alone really have launched a thousand ships?

In this course, esteemed professor Eric H. Cline examines the real history of Troy and delves into the archaeological discoveries (which continue to the present day) that help to answer the questions above. Through an entertaining and incisive analysis of known data, Professor Cline provides a fuller, richer understanding of this historic clash.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2006 Eric H. Cline; (P)2006 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Nathan Houston, TX, USA 10-05-08
    Nathan Houston, TX, USA 10-05-08 Member Since 2005
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    "I can see the windy plains of Troy"

    This was a thoroughly enjoyable series of lectures on Bronze Age Greece. If you find yourself interested in this period of history you'll find this absolutely fascinating. I loved this book and would buy again.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Wolfpacker Memphis, TN 05-27-12
    Wolfpacker Memphis, TN 05-27-12 Member Since 2005

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    "Interesting Course If the Topic Appeals"

    This course was helpful to me in understanding the archaeology about Troy and its implications for the historicity of The Trojan War. If you don't care to hear about Troy level 9B and why it may be less important than level 9C, you might get bogged down a bit.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 07-12-12
    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 07-12-12 Member Since 2006

    Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!

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    "Beware Greeks. . . and Archaeologists!"

    There's a lot of information here, and I enjoyed the enthusiasm of Professor Cline. Unfortunately, there's also a lot of repetition.

    This is much more archaeology than Iliad. I learned a great deal about the various archaeologists who have sought Troy over the years. One, in particular, was evidently a scoundrel and a liar - his story is fascinating. And what a to-do over "Priam's Treasure"!

    I just think it was a little long and (to repeat myself!) very, very repetitive. If you have a real interest in archaeology, then by all means go for it. If your interest is more literary, perhaps another history of Homer and the Iliad would be more appropriate.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Australia 05-23-12
    Cheryl Australia 05-23-12 Member Since 2008

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    "More Archaeological Evidence Than Story..."
    What did you love best about The Modern Scholar?

    The lecture series was broken down into sections relating to the possibilities surrounding whether the Trojan War actually happened, potential locations, archaeological evidence uncovered to date by various excavations since the 19th century and the various theories of how and when Troy was likely destroyed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It gave me some new insights to the story and how the story may have evolved from the accepted 1150 BCE occurrence of the war and Homer's rendition told 500 years later, the concept that the famous Trojan Horse may not be what we think but instead a metaphor and the proposition that maybe the war wasn't because of Helen afterall.


    What about the narrator’s performance did you like?

    I found Professor Cline's delivery easy to understand, entertaining and informative.


    Any additional comments?

    If you want more in depth discussion about the story itself - this is not for you. However, if you are interested in archaeology or the evidence that indicates the possible remains of Troy then this lecture series is spot on. Enjoy!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nik National Park, NJ, United States 12-02-11
    Nik National Park, NJ, United States 12-02-11 Member Since 2007

    Enjoying audiobooks daily!

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    "A good history class about the Illiad"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if they loved ancient history like I do. This lecture series is good.


    What other book might you compare The Modern Scholar to and why?

    None. Only real lectures I have sat through.


    What didn’t you like about the narrator’s performance?

    The narrator tried to be funny, but wasn't.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. It was fun to listen per each lecture with a break in between to digest the info.


    Any additional comments?

    A really good series. Check it out.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Birmingham, AL, United States 02-20-10
    Lisa Birmingham, AL, United States 02-20-10 Member Since 2006
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    "A Wonderful Listen"

    Cline covers a lot of ground, not only the history of the Iliad but also the questions surrounding Homer, the histories of the archeologists and archeological digs that have searched for Troy, and the questions that archeology and study have yet to answer.

    Cline is a pleasant, interesting lecturer that makes the subject matter both intriguing and accessible to the listener.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Marje Sarasota, FL, USA 08-28-09
    Marje Sarasota, FL, USA 08-28-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Fascinating"

    I would recommend these lectures to anyone who has an interest in Homer's story of Troy "The Iliad", an interest in ancient Greek history, or in archaeology.

    Dr. Cline's in-depth knowledge of all these complex subjects is obvious; yet he has a real talent for communicating with the general listener and making the subject matter easily understandable and ... fascinating.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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