Did the movie Troy, released in 2004, accurately depict the story of Homer's
epic poems the Iliad and the Odyssey, and was it a good movie from a critical point of
view? I think it was a good movie from an entertainment standpoint, but it fell short in
it's comparison to Homer's epics. As a fan of "epic" movies, I have watched the movie
Troy a couple of times. In comparing the movie to the epic, there are various
discrepancies between the two. First I'll address the overall flow of the movie, in other
words the organization and coherence of the movie.
The movie Troy was a lavishly produced movie, often quoted as
a "Blockbuster", it was a movie with a large budget and big name actors. But was it
accurate? The time period involved with the legend of Troy is basically attributed to
around 1334 1184 BC depending upon several individuals who chronicled events in that
area. Many believe the excavations at the site discovered by Heinrich Schliemann in
1871 are of the city of Troy. If true, this excavation dates the burning of Troy to around
1200 BC time which is close to the traditional date of 1184 BC generally associated with
the siege of Troy. So how did the movie reflect these times? Was their presentation of
weapons, ships, clothing and such accurate?
"Homer's warriors are often described as being heavily armoured with bronze (Iliad
5.698, 13.372, 14.383), while the epithet commonly used to describe them collectively
is bronze-armoured Achaians' (Iliad 1.371, 3.131, 10.287). The regimented figures
depicted on the Warrior Vase (LH IIIb/c), found by Schliemann at Mycenae are the best
representations of warriors from the Trojan War period. The bearded warriors wear
plumed horned helmets, body armour and greaves, and carry shields that are round
except for a scallop on the bottom; they are armed with short spears." (Mycenaean)
Based upon the excavations at... [continues]
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