Abstract and Keywords
The site known today as Troy is situated in northwestern Asia Minor, five kilometers from the present coastline at the Dardanelles (ancient Hellespont). Its sequence of occupation spans several millennia from the beginning of the Bronze Age (3000 bc) to the Byzantine period (twelfth century ad). Troy's high profile is obviously due to the fact that it has been regarded as the scene of the Trojan War, a story told in Homer's Iliad and still part of popular culture. Since this story also lies at the heart of Greek ethnic identity both ancient and modern, Troy has been considered “Aegean” although it is actually part of “Anatolia.” Whether these terms are meaningful at all, apart from reflecting a division of scholarship along modern political boundaries, remains to be shown.
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