Troy 1800-1250 BC, Paperback Book

Troy 1800-1250 BC Paperback

Illustrated by Donato Spedaliere, Sarah Sulemson Spedaliere

Part of the Fortress series

3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


In all the stories told by mankind and recorded through its history, the tale of the siege of Troy is perhaps the greatest secular story ever told.

It has certainly captured the western imagination for some 3000 years.

Archaeological work has revealed that the site around Hisarlik, where Troy is believed to have been, is considerably larger and more interesting than was previously thought, making it more likely that the Trojan Wars were on the scale implied by Homer.

This book reveals the literary, historical and archaeological records which make up the background to the tale of Troy and describes in detail the fortifications of Troy VI (i.e.

Homer's Troy) and their correlation to other Bronze Age defence works in the Near East.

This book also introduces the reader to the literary, historical and archaeological records which make up the background to the tale of Troy.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 64 pages, 55 b&w illustrations, 7 colour, bibliography, further reading, glossary, index
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9781841767031



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This is a decent overview of the state -of-affairs of the archaeological reality of Troy as opposed to the City of Myth. It introduces the local variant of the Bronze Age, provides a sober account of Schliemann and discusses the architecture and the culture of the nine successive stages (albeit briefly) before going into detail about the construction and the continuous restoration of the fortifications of Troy VI. Many sections are supported by clear illustrations and reconstructive drawings, which make up one of the main assets of this booklet (practically all of the photographs were taken by Fields himself). I also liked the chapter on what the "historical reality" of the Trojan Horse might have been.Fields does have a tendency to insert references to Homer whenever the Iliad can be cited to back up a point -- windy area! fast-flowing waters! -- and once the main points have been made there follow a couple of sections where he connects features from geographic reality with events from the Iliad (e.g. the Trojans attacking the Achaean rampart) without justification outside the poem. But these criticisms are aesthetic only; overall I liked this book. It's clear, concise, and it's well-written by somebody who clearly knows what they're talking about.