Abstract and Keywords
The story of Troy's war with the Greeks is one of the best-known narrative episodes from the Greek and Roman literary tradition. To the ancient Greeks and Romans, it provided the inspiration for a wide range of artistic representations in the fields of painting, sculpture, poetry, drama, and philosophy. Ancient Greek writers proposed widely varying dates for the Trojan War, ranging from as early as 1334 to as late as the tenth century bc. In the interval between the war and the earliest written records of it, traditions about the conflict were kept alive and orally transmitted by a succession of storytellers, no doubt like the bards and minstrels who, according to Homer, entertained the courts of kings and noblemen in Mycenae. By far the most famous version of the tale is that narrated by Homer in the Iliad.
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