I watched a very interesting programme about Troy (or what is believed to be Troy) the other day. It was so interesting that I, days later, have been looking up further information about it. Not much on telly will make you do that, right? ;-p

Anyway, I first thought I had seen it on Discovery Channel, but that came up with nothing, then I turned to National Geographic, but again, nothing. So..I googled (funny how that's become a verb, huh?) various words associated with it; Illios Troy, and one of the results caught my eye. And it had the clue, Wilusa, to finding the programme I had seen, namely: The Truth of Troy on BBC2 (although, as I'm not in England, I watched it on BBCPrime).

In short:
Since 1988 Professor Manfred Korfmann has been excavating the site of Troy. He has never before spoken at this length. He has made amazing discoveries - how large the city was, how well it was defended and, crucially, that there was once a great battle there at precisely the time that experts believe the Trojan war occurred.

There's even a transcript of the programme, with loads of interesting stuff. And best of all; no commercial breaks! ;-)

I think it's absolutely fascinating to see how these archaeologists put together the pieces in this puzzle, both in the ground and in written material of the day. And make a very convincing case of showing that the site they're excavating (it has been going on for decades and decades), is indeed the place of Troy.

Has anybody read the Illiad?

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 posted by Wardi @ 11:47 AM