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Troy 1700-1250 BC (Fortress S.) [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Nic Fields , Donato Spedaliere , Sarah Sulemson Spedaliere
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16 Jan 2004 Fortress (Book 17)
In all the stories told by mankind and recorded through its history, the tale of the siege of Troy is perhaps the greatest secular story ever told. It has certainly captured the western imagination for some 3000 years. Archaeological work has revealed that the site around Hisarlik, where Troy is believed to have been, is considerably larger and more interesting than was previously thought, making it more likely that the Trojan Wars were on the scale implied by Homer. This book reveals the literary, historical and archaeological records which make up the background to the tale of Troy and describes in detail the fortifications of Troy VI (i.e. Homer's Troy) and their correlation to other Bronze Age defence works in the Near East. This book also introduces the reader to the literary, historical and archaeological records which make up the background to the tale of Troy.

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (16 Jan 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841767034
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841767031
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 18.2 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 301,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dr Nic Fields started his career as a biochemist before joining the Royal Marines. Having left the Navy, he went back to University and completed a BA and PhD in Ancient History at the University of Newcastle. He was Assistant Director at the British School of Archaeology, Athens, and is now a lecturer in Ancient History and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The City of Troy 14 July 2008
Troy is one of the most famous sites in the world. It has captured people's imaginations for millennia, and for a long time it was considered a fictional place until it was discovered by the German archaeologist, Heinrich Schliemann, in the 19th century.

This book sets out to reconstruct the appearance of Troy, as it might have looked at its height over 3,000 years ago. Nic Fields presents us with a look at the 'nine cities of Troy' - that is the different levels of the city, as it was built and re-built from the Early Bronze Age to the Roman period.

He also looks at subjects such as mud-brick construction (based on techniques used in ancient Egypt), as well as the diferrent fortifications that made up the city, like walls, towers, gates and outer defences. Dozens of photographs help show us that site as it looks today.

Donato Spedaliere and his wife Sarah Sulemsohn - one is an artist the other an architect - provide some brilliant colour plates that show reconstructions of the city as it probably looked during the time of the Trojan Wars. These include overhead views of the city, as well as cutaways of various buildings. They even provide an imaginative reconstruction of the Greek assault on the city, where the famous wooden horse is displayed as a primitive battering ram.

This book will make a great introduction to the subject for anyone who has interest in the Bronze age, or for anyone who has imagined how the world of Homer might have actually looked like. Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting view 3 Nov 2009
A readable account of ancient Troy and the Trojan war, this booklet is not for everyone. If you have no knowledge of ancient Troy or the mythology surrounding it, or if you're expecting a detailed story about a historical war, you're likely to be dissapointed. However, for any visitor to the ancient site, this book, with its many coloured reconstruction-drawings and maps, is an indispensable guide. Also, for everyone who's ever wondered about the Trojan horse and what it really was, this book offers a compelling possibility. As it is, I've enjoyed reading it and it helped me very much to better understand the archeological site that once was the magnificent city of Troy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars mud bricks? 10 Mar 2014
By jose
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I was expecting a bit more of detail about the fortress of the time. Instead they explain how mud bricks, or adobe, were done by several civilizations. It's interesting, but not what I was expecting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The fortified and mythical city of Troy 25 Dec 2012
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This Osprey volume in the Fortress collection was an excellent addition to the collection, even if some might find the author slightly "over-enthusiastic" when assuming that the Trojan War really did take place and that he is in fact describing the "Golden Troy" of Homer. Essentially, and however much we (and that includes me!) would want to believe that the legendary epic story is historical, there is little evidence to back it up.

Regardless of the author's assumptions, the book's structure and contents are fascinating and well-documented. The first section (The Story so far) summarizes the discovery and excavations of Troy, starting with Heinrich Schliemann in 1870 and up to nowadays. This is followed by a presentation of the nine cities that were built on Hisarlik and with an interesting - although a bit long - section on mud-brick construction since the higher part of the walls and most of the houses seem to have been built this way.

Perhaps the best part of the book, in my view of course, is the section on the fortifications of Troy VI which is the construction which is the most likely to correspond to the legendary Troy of King Priam. Here the illustrations and the diagram of the fortifications on page 14 provide invaluable help to the reader in understanding how the fortress and the city were build and to what extent the fortifications were sophisticated and carefully thought out, as were those of other cities at the time.

Then there is a "context section" whose purpose is to present what could have been the sources of the city's wealth, largely on the basis of Mycenean tablets found at Pylos and Knossos. Also included in this chapter is a short but interesting description of the Myceneans (sometimes also termed the Acheans).
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5.0 out of 5 stars A window into the history behind a great legend 20 Aug 2004
By Bruce Trinque - Published on Amazon.com
As mentioned by another reviewer, Osprey Publishing is usually associated with military-oriented books, lavishly illustrated with maps, photographs, and precise drawings of uniforms and weapons. "Troy c. 1700-1250 BC" is a volume that should have a broader appeal than to military enthusiasts alone. Although certainly the fortification aspects of the Trojan story are given a certain focus in this publication, the full story of the historical Troy which lies behind the legends and Homeric poetry is also presented in Nic Fields' book. And that has been an evolving story. For most of a century we thought we knew the extent of Troy at the time of the famed Trojan Wars when, at least according to myth, a great army of Greeks besieged and sacked the city. We knew it as a tall-walled citadel atop a hill near the Hellespont. But in the last decade or so, a German archaeological team has uncovered a previously unknown "lower city" stretching out into the Trojan plain from this citadel, proving the ancient city to be far larger than understood before. And this new knowledge is excellently presented in a series of delicate but vibrant drawings in the volume by Donato and Sarah Sulemsohn Spedaliere. Nowhere else have I seen this expanded city of Troy so well visually presented. Students of ancient history and archaeology will be well pleased by this Osprey volume.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good brief intro, great illustrations 2 Jun 2004
By Scott Chamberlain - Published on Amazon.com
Osprey has some great books that while aimed towards the more military minded, can really bring the past to life for general readers. This one, from the Fortress series, explores the greatest fortress-city of all. The info is all current, based on the most recent (and on-going) excavations at Troy. But what really makes this great is the set of glorious illustrations, showing cut-away sections of Troy as it would have appeared at its height. Maps, black and white photos, charts, and further reading lists all add to the impact. Its not the most comprehensive volume on Troy, but a great start that will really bring the Trojan War to life. People who are drawn more to the military aspects of this book should check out Osprey's titles on ancient Greek Warriors, Alexander's campaigns, or the Persian Wars. Also check out John Warry's "Warfare in the Classical World."
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superb starter 26 Aug 2004
By hh - Published on Amazon.com
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This slender volume of just 64 pages packs considerable wallop. The text is simple and to the point, providing a nice intro or overview. The color illustrations are exacting and do a terrific job of conveying scope and relative setting. The black and white photos are on the mark, too. They illustrate key points/architectural elements and are placed just where you want them. This is the only book of the series I have seen, but it won't be the last.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent presentation of the city then and now 16 Oct 2007
By David S - Published on Amazon.com
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I used this book to prepare me and then guide me on a walking tour of the ancient fortress city of Troy this spring and the book is terrific. It presents a concise and coherent discussion of the debate over which layer of the ruins was the subject of Homer's Iliad, presenting the evidence clearly and simply. The book has excellent photographs but by far the best feature is the abundant original art that shows how the city and the local geography looked during the Trojan War. I have read a dozen books on Troy and the Trojan War, and this one is the best on the city itself.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Troy took life 10 Nov 2006
By Figen Ayan - Published on Amazon.com
This is a concise and clear explanation about the archaeological site of Troy. I recommend it for the lover of archaeology who wants to bring life to the past civilizations.

The drawings were very nice and explanatory too.

Osprey's collection about history is worth having a look to.
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