History Military

An Traoi – Troy

If you, like me, are fascinated (obsessed?) with the ancient Greek story of many-towered Ilium represented by the epic poems of the Iliad and the Odyssey, then you’ll undoubtedly be interested in the whole history of Bronze Age Greece. The website Greek Age of Bronze provides an excellent overview of, as it states, ‘Weapons and warfare in the late Helladic time 1600-1100 BC’. The city of Troy and the famous siege comes alive here and for those of us interested in our own Heroic Age the site is a treasure trove of information with many Irish parallels. Also have a look at Barry Molloy’s excellent paper, ‘Martial arts and materiality: a combat archaeology perspective on Aegean swords of the fifteenth and fourteenth centuries BC‘.

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