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The One
7th September 2011, 21:28
Its one of the greatest stories ever told. The legend of Helen of Troy has enchanted audiences for the last three thousand years. In May this year a Hollywood film staring Brad Pitt and Orlando Bloom will be launched in Britain. But is there any reality to the myth? Horizon has unprecedented access to the scientist with the answers.

Since 1988 Professor Manfred Korfmann has been excavating the site of Troy. He has never before spoken at this length. He has made amazing discoveries how large the city was, how well it was defended and, crucially, that there was once a great battle there at precisely the time that experts believe the Trojan war occurred.

But who had attacked the city and why?

Horizon then follows a trail of clues the ancient tablets written by a lost civilisation, the sunken ship rich in treasure, and the magnificent golden masks and bronze swords of a warrior people. The film reaches its climax in a tunnel deep beneath Troy, where Korfmann has made a discovery that may reveal, once and for all, the truth behind the myth.

The story that emerges is one of great passion but not, it seems, about love

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Cidersomerset
8th September 2011, 09:56
Thanks TheOne ---good documentry, I like all historical programmes , you have to bear in mine that most are either propoganda written by the winners or maybe just an account of one man/womans view of events at a particular time, and the same view can be interpreted very differently by someone else who was there but did not record a particular event.....

What I took out of this is that archaology are able to shine light on what only before were myths and legends, for what are oral traditions just histories that are not written down.In this case
Homer was reffering to historic events 'probably oral' and wrote them down , like chinese whispers embelishing it a little.....What is exiting is that some of the anciant myth like Atlantis ,
Lymeria & Moo may well have historical roots to match there oral traditions . So this should put a whole new slant on anciant 'Alian' theory....

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This is more for hard core enthusiasts,I haven't watched it yet ....Eric Van Dannikan is in it

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Lord Sidious
8th September 2011, 10:04
I had a ''disagreement'' with my social studies teacher in high school when I was told that Troy was a myth.
I wasn't too popular when I pointed out that not only is the site in Turkey and being examined, but we can go see for ourselves.

aranuk
9th September 2011, 16:35
Cidersomerset Hi, what do you mean when you say "So this should put a whole new slant on anciant 'Alian' theory...."


Thanks

Stan

aranuk
9th September 2011, 16:58
Hi One thanks for the great video on Troy. I visited Troy for 45 minutes two years ago when driving up to Banderma for the Istanbul ferry. That's all the time I could spare as I had to make the ferry on time. That video filled in my lost time!

Stan