(4) Assyria and Troy:

In the Iliad, Homer uses the ancient Troy tradition

Rapida, Galapagos
Rapida, Galapagos

to tell of the struggle of the contemporary free Greeks against the Assyrian great kings.


He dismisses the painting of the heroic struggle of the free Achaians and Danaer against a despotic power doomed to destruction.


Homer does not write a key novel, he is a poet who wants to entertain and finds his motifs in contemporary history.


So the roles are sometimes reversed, then the mighty Assyrians become mighty Greeks, the great armies of the Assyrians become great armies of the Danaans, the Karatepe, which is inferior to the Assyrians, becomes Troy, which is inferior to the Greeks.

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Homer’s Iliad: The Fall of Assyria – presented in an astronomical educational poem (a star catalogue)

Pelican, Rapida, Galapagos
Pelican, Rapida, Galapagos

Prohibitions of thinking, dogmatism and a lack of imaginative power are the end of all science.


Joachim Bauer, Das kooperative Gen, 2008

Symposion: Homer – Troia – Kilikien, University of Innsbruck, 13 and 14 November 2008 (on Raoul Schrott: Homers Heimat. Der Kampf um Troja und seine realen Hintergründe, München 2008)

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