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Mycenae - Ancient Greece

Believed to be a superpower of ancient Greece, Mycenae was home to King Agamemnon.  Take a virtual trip to this Bronze-Age stronghold via a clip from the BBC's Truth of Troy:  A Real Agamemnon?

This BBC documentary investigates whether Troy ever existed, whether a great battle was fought there and, if so, what was the cause of the fighting?  We learn more from the program transcript:

Archaeologist Manfred Korfmann has come here with a new scientific technique that he hopes will uncover a truth about these tunnels. It may reveal something that many have suspected but no one has been able to prove. His technique may take us closer than ever to the hard facts behind an ancient myth. The story of the Trojan war.

It’s one of the greatest love stories ever. Helen was the most beautiful woman in the world, she’s married to a Greek king but she is spirited away to the magnificent city of Troy after she’s seduced by the Trojan Prince, Paris. For the Greeks this means war.

Their most powerful King Agamemnon assembles an army. A thousand ships from all across Greece set sail to lay siege to Troy and bring back Helen. The siege drags on for ten years. The Greeks can not break Troy’s great walls so they resort to trickery. They leave a great wooden horse outside the city and the Trojans pull it inside. Greek soldiers hidden in the horse jump out and open the city gates. Troy is then razed to the ground.

The story was composed by the Greek poet Homer almost three thousand years ago. It’s so compelling that for centuries people wondered if any of it was true. Was there a war fought for love? Did a coalition of Greek set sail? Did Troy even exist? Eric Cline is an archaeologist who has tried to answer these questions.

The conclusions, reached by a team of experts investigating these subjects, is not exactly what one might think.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5124stories and lessons created

Original Release: Oct 07, 2013

Updated Last Revision: Jun 02, 2016


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Clip from a 2004 BBC documentary Truth of Troy: A Real Agamemnon?  Copyright BBC, all rights reserved.  Clip provided here as fair use for educational purposes and to acquaint new viewers with the program.

 

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