Updating the Illiad

In case you were wondering what actual archaeologists think of the movie Troy, here’s your answer. Expressing indignant shock and horror at Hollywood butcheries of literary classics and historical accuracy feels somewhat passé these days, but it’s still good fun to read this sort of critique.
What actually caught my attention in the article the most is this statement, made in reference not to the movie Troy but to a History Channel documentary on the subject:

Less satisfactory is the hamfisted and oversimplified comparison of the Trojan War with Iraq.

And here I was getting sick of people comparing Iraq to Vietnam. Now they’re comparing it to the Trojan War? I am amused.

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