By Martin M. Winkler
This can be the 1st ebook systematically to check Wolfgang Petersen’s epic movie Troy from various archaeological, literary, cultural, and cinematic views .
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Something that not even archaeologists, Bronze-Age historians, or Homeric scholars have fully achieved, given the current if constantly increasing state of our knowledge of that time – did not have to be Petersen’s chief concern. Nor could it have been. Nor had it been Homer’s chief concern. This is the main reason why criticism of the film on the part of scholars who miss accurate reproductions of ancient buildings, ships, weapons, tools, clothes, social institutions, etc. are beside the point, are indeed inappropriate.
13. 14. 15. Zeus’ grandson Peleus marries Nereus’ daughter Thetis on Mt. Pelion in Thessaly. All gods except Eris (Strife) attend. Peleus’ and Thetis’ child will be Achilles. Eris sows discord among Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite over which of them is the most beautiful. The three goddesses approach Paris (Alexander), son of King Priam and Queen Hecuba of Troy and shepherd on Mt. Ida, as judge. Paris had been exposed there as an infant. Judgment of Paris: Aphrodite is the most beautiful. Paris’ reward will be Helen, wife of King Menelaus of Sparta.
Korfmann like in the distant past. But films must show everything in detail. So a film like Troy in a way forces even archaeologists to wonder: What was Troy really like? This situation is all for the better. To professional archaeologists, ancient remains and artifacts are of chief interest as means to reconstruct the life and environment of earlier societies that emerge from an analysis and interpretation of these remains. Three general and important questions arise from this: Where do we come from, where are we today, and where are we likely to go?