Troy between Greece and Rome: Local Tradition and Imperial Power

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'Erskine refreshingly abandons any notion of the intrinsic significance of the myths... the antiquarian-minded non-specialist will find much to enjoy in the bizarre local adaptations, and their articulation in a wide variety of archaeological and literary sources... a refreshing demand to think again about how myths, particularly foundation myths, can do their work even against the most obvious demands of both rationality and tradition.' -Matthew Fox, Times Literary Supplement'A detailed and spirited sifting of evidence.' -Peter Stothard, Times Higher Education SupplementThe Trojans were the most famous losers in Greek mythology. Yet according to tradition their descendants went on to found Rome, the most powerful city in the Mediterranean. Andrew Erskine explores the role and meaning of Troy in the changing relationship between Greeks and Romans.

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