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Seller: Top-Rated Seller ancientgifts (4,593) 100%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 123134083391 In Search of the Trojan War by Michael Wood. DESCRIPTION: Softcover: 288 pages. Publisher: University of California Press; (1998). For 3,000 years, tales of Troy and its heroes; Achilles and Hector, Paris and the legendary beauty Helen, have fired the human imagination. With "In Search of the Trojan War", Michael Wood brings vividly to life the legend and lore of the Heroic Age in an archaeological adventure that sifts through the myths and speculation to provide a privileged view of the riches and the reality of ancient Troy. This gripping story shows why the legend of Troy forms the bedrock of Western culture and why its past is a paradigm of human history. Wood's meticulous scholarly sleuthing yields fascinating evidence about the continuity and development of human civilization in the Aegean and Asia Minor. With its 50 feet of debris resulting from constant rebuilding, human destruction, earthquake, and abandonment, the mound of Troy contains the beginnings and ends of new races and civilizations. This edition includes a new preface, a new final chapter, and an addendum to the bibliography that take account of dramatic new developments in the search for Troy with the rediscovery, in Moscow, of the so-called Jewels of Helen and the re-excavation of the site of Troy, which began in 1988 and is yielding new evidence about the historical city. CONDITION: Light shelf wear consistent with book store open shelf stock, small crease on back cover, otherwise New, never read, Ready to Ship. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR SAMPLE PAGES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: Michael Wood is a writer and historian living in England. He wrote and presented the BBC/PBS televisions series and wrote the accompanying books to "In Search of the Trojan War", "In Search of the Dark Ages", "Domesday: A Search of the Roots of England", "Legacy: A Search for the Origins of Civilization", "In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great", and "Conquistadors". His book, "In Search of the Trojan War" (1989), was on The New York Times Best Seller list. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: Written to complement a BBC-TV/PBS series, Wood's book is essentially an investigation of the historical reality, if any, behind the legend of Troy and the Trojan War. Wood shows a fine grasp of the various problems presented by the Homeric epics, and writes well about sometimes complicated archaeological, linguistic, and historical matters. At times his presentation is a bit repetitious, but those interested in the attempts of individuals such as Schliemann, Dorpfeld, Blegen, and Evans to explore sites thought to be those connected by Homer with the Trojan War will find a lively and sometimes speculative account based on current scholarship. A useful introduction for non-specialists to areas of continuing scholarly debate. REVIEW: In this liberally illustrated volume written to accompany the PBS series, BBC producer and series narrator Wood, author of "In Search of the Dark Ages", etc., explores the origins of Homer's epics and efforts of archeologists to document the historic truth of the Bronze Age Trojan War as celebrated in the Iliad. Oral tradition and accounts by poets, he notes, have yet to be disproved by archeology. He cites the fascination which the Trojan story has exercised throughout history and on travelers of all periods, Byron among them. Despite archeologist Heinrich Schliemann's exaggerations, the author credits him with the development of modern archeology into a science. Schliemann's finds and those of other archeologists of Mycenaean, Minoan and Hittite civilizations are discussed in some detail. Troy, Wood speculates, may have been one of many cities sacked by the Greeks for economic reasons, and Helen one of the many women captured. REVIEW: A dazzling and exhaustive analysis. This beautifully illustrated book examines the legend of Troy and vividly evokes themes that are central to our civilization's quest for its past. Michael Wood is always scrupulous, he is a model guide to share the search for the city besieged by the Greeks. "In Search of the Trojan War" is a glorious archaeological armchair adventure. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: In this excellent book, Michael Wood covers the history of the modern search for the Troy of Homer's Iliad, and makes a strong case for the Trojan War being a historical occurrence, with most of the details in the Iliad being likewise historical. About half the book is devoted to the major archeological digs at Hisarlik, a site in northwest Turkey that is the likely site of Troy. Wood puts the discoveries at these digs in a broad context, both geographically and economically, for example in terms of archeological discoveries about contemporaneous sites in Greece and Crete and their implications about trade and warfare, and historically, in terms of the development of the archeologists' own theories over the last century and a half. He also pinpoints which archeological layer is most likely the city that was sacked by the Greeks; specifically, a layer called Troy VI, with a grand, imposing city wall surrounding a stately central city of broad avenues. What I found most interesting, though, was the discussion of historical accounts from the various major powers of the day. The linear B tablets from the Greek city states, the diplomatic archives of the Hittite empire in what is now Turkey, and accounts from the Egypt of Rameses II and III. To me, these really brought to life the late Bronze Age civilization of the Eastern Mediterranean; arguably a higher civilization than the early iron age civilization that followed. Overall, this book does a terrific job of not only showing when and how the Trojan War actually occurred, but also why, in terms of the dynamics between the 'great powers' of the day. REVIEW: Here's the thing I like about Wood; he gets excited about the little things. It comes through best on the BBC/PBS specials, but when going through the book, you see it shine through as well. He absolutely *loves* what he writes about, and as a result, he's one of the most entertaining authors I've come across. I read this book for one of my mythology classes, and it's one of the few that I kept. It's very well-written, and just utterly fascinating. It's interesting to know just how sophisticated Bronze Age civilizations really were, and that we're not that superior to them after all. Reading about the Hittites made me want to visit Turkey (after hitting Hissarlik, of course!). The best part, though, was an anecdote about a clay tablet found still in an oven, composed by a king calling for assistance from his overlord. Reading the emotions of the writer between the lines, thousands of years after this tablet was made, was incredibly moving. Darn, I love this book. REVIEW: Wood writes with such immediacy about the history of the search for Troy one would think he'd done it himself, or at least been there to witness it. It is refreshing to see such an easily read book on an overstudied topic. It is also very refreshing to see a book about Troy that doesn't launch into the usual polemics and irrationalities about Schliemann. New in this edition is a chapter on new findings which support the historicity of the Trojan War. REVIEW: It is impossible to offer resistance to this legendary story. Michael Wood literally engages us in the spirit of his personal as he sifts through the myths and speculations to provide an eloquent view of the riches, the reality and portentous spirit of the ancient Troy. I simply can not imagine that even one human being around the world may remain indifferent with that fantastic story. Please prepare to take a journey in time to a world of glorious combat where the rivalries, ancestral hates and pacts, will be the essential clues to rediscover the marvelous grandeur of this timeless city. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). 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