Agamemnon and the Validity of the Trojan War Analytical Essay by scribbler

Agamemnon and the Validity of the Trojan War
A review of the story of Agamemnon and an analysis of whether the Trojan War actually happened.
# 153362 | 1,912 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2013 | US
Published on May 26, 2013 in History (Greek and Roman) , Literature (Greek and Roman)


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Description:

The paper provides a brief background of the mythical Greek tale of the Trojan War and explores this historical era to determine if the Trojan War was a myth or a real event. The paper examines religion, spirituality, politics and sociology in the era of Agamemnon and ancient Greece and concludes that the story of Agamemnon fits well into the mythical Greek tale of the Trojan War. The paper posits that even if archeologists never definitively locate "Troy", the story has meaning, immense literary value, historical relevance and a certain ancient charm that is absent today in the popular world of books and movies.

Outline:
Introduction - Setting
The Historical Period Related to the Trojan War
Early Greek Philosophic Period
Religion in the era of Agamemnon
Spirituality in ancient Greece in the era of Agamemnon
Politics in ancient Greece in the era of Agamemnon
Sociology in the era of Agamemnon
Conclusion

From the Paper:

"Was this story among the ancient Greeks the last story of the mythical age - or is it considered to be the very first event of the historical age? In other words, was it a myth or a real event? There are compelling arguments on both sides, especially the side that claims there was no Trojan War at all. The Homeric poems, many believe, have exaggerated the events that are supposed to have taken place during the Trojan War; it is simply too risky for most scholars to take Homer's work as historically accurate.
"But some scholars and geologists have investigated the region and juxtaposed today's geographic contours with what Homer wrote about the lay of the land in the Iliad, and found some consistency within those comparisons. Still, according to Dartmouth College research, the suggested dates of the Trojan War fluctuate. Troy may have begun as a settlement as early as 1300/1280 BC "...and may have lasted as long as 1180 BC" (based on Mycenaean sherds found in its ruins and dated with carbon dating technologies) (Dartmouth.edu). But what about the date that Troy was destroyed (whether in the Trojan War or by an earthquake)?"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Beckman, Tad. "A Brief History of the Greeks." Harvey Mudd College. Retrieved April 16, 2011, from http://www4.hmc.edu:8001/humanities/beckman/PhilNotes/culture.htm.
  • Dartmouth College. "Lesson 27: Troy VII and the historicity of the Trojan War." RetrievedApril 17, 2011, from http://projectsx.dartmouth.edu/classics/history/bronze_age/lessons/les/27.html. 2007.
  • Evolutionary Metaphysics. "Shattering the Sacred Myths - Chapter 5. Ancient Green Philosophy. Retrieved April 17, 2011, fromhttp://www.evolutionary-metaphics.net/ancient_greek_philosophy.html.
  • Landis, Paul. Four Famous Greek Plays. New York: The Modern Library, 1929.
  • Redmond, Marian. Literacy and History: The Greeks. Perth, Australia: R.I.C. Publications,2007.

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