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‘The Troy Deception’

4 November 2011
Ancient history

In the book, 'The Troy Deception, volume One: Finding the Plain of Troy', John Crowe has mustered some 300 pages of text that are easy to read and understand what he has to say. He is not saying he has found the city of Troy – it is Homer's 'theatre of war', the plain of Troy, that he considers he has identified. It lies in the region known once as Mysia, around Teuthrona and Pergamon. This is where the Achaean Greeks first fought on Asian soil – before going on to Troy.

The battlefield was misplaced in the time of Athens ascendancy – when it was placed at Ilion, close by Hisarlik – identified as the city of Troy by archaeologists. The problem is that Hisarlik, at that time, was beside the sea – the plain was missing.

The author locates the plain and the action in what is a real and authentic landscape. In volume 2 he hopes to take a much closer look at the identification of the city of Troay. It is possible that Hisarlik will still be identifiable with the city of Troy but the plain of Troy was somewhere else, he argues. See also www.thetroydeception.com for further details and a discount on the price of the book.

In the Introduction section of the book, 'Trojans and their Neighbours' the author Trevor Bryce, a specialist on the Hittites and Anatolia in general, says the Trojan War took place over a ten year period yet the Iliad only encompasses a few weeks towards its end. Archaeologists have found no evidence at Hisarlik of a conquest comparable to that in the Iliad – but Hisarlik was clearly destroyed on many times, over a period of 4000 years. Bryce could have added that Hisarlik was probably destroyed on many occasions by earthquakes – and in the Iliad the tale of the horse may actually be alluding to such an occurrence, the Greeks gaining entry to the city after its walls had been breached by a seismic event. In that sort of interpretation there is ample scope to look for the plain of Troy elsewhere – and John Crowe has amassed an extraordinary number of geographical similarities that seems to indicate where that plain really was.

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