Essay heading: "Archaeology has proved the historicity of the Trojan War." Discuss

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Finally, after we have defined "Trojan War" in context of archaeology and historical fact, we must then draw conclusions about the extent to which archaeology proves its historical authenticity. What do we mean by the "Trojan War"? The first source that comes to mind is the writings of Homer ? the Iliad and the Odyssey...
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The two epics are considered canon. However, Heroditus' Histories briefly detail the major events of the war, and relays them as if they were historical fact. Heroditus' account of the war differs slightly from Homer's version, and he is well aware of this. After relating the tale of Alexander (Paris) carrying off Helen, Heroditus writes: "Such was the tale told me by the priests concerning the arrival of Helen at the court of Proteus...
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