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Timeless Travels Magazine - - FOCUS ON TROY -

Troy has long served as an in­spi­ra­tion through its cen­tral­ity in the world-fa­mous epics of po­ets such as Homer and Vir­gil, whose works con­tinue to be read to­day. Pro­fes­sor Man­fred Os­man Korf­mann, the leg­endary ar­chae­ol­o­gist of Troy, em­pha­sizes the city’s im­por­tance, writ­ing: "Troy is the best-known cul­tural her­itage site in the world af­ter Jerusalem; a fact which high­lights the rep­u­ta­tion of the name Troy across seven con­ti­nents in a wide range of dis­ci­plines."

Ref­er­ence point for many civil­i­sa­tions

Troy is con­sid­ered a sig­nif­i­cant ref­er­ence point for sev­eral civil­i­sa­tions. The in­flu­ence of Troy is ap­par­ent in Greek mythol­ogy and art, in the roots of Euro­pean Cul­ture, in that of the Cau­ca­sus to Per­sian Cul­ture, in sev­eral Ana­to­lian Civil­i­sa­tions, in the roots of Ro­man cul­ture, in that of Paris and be­yond. Fa­mous lead­ers such as Xerxes, Alexan­der the Great, Julius Cae­sar, Fatih the Con­queror, Mustafa Ke­mal Ataturk, and many more have been in­spired and mo­ti­vated by the tale of Troy.

A cen­tre of di­a­logue be­tween east and west

Troy has played a vi­tal role be­tween east and west since 2,000 B.C. Man­fred Os­man Korf­mann notes how Troy served "an in­dis­pens­able func­tion as a com­mu­ni­ca­tion and trade cen­tre in the re­gion be­tween Asia and Europe" in the 2nd and 3rd cen­turies B.C. Ac­cord­ing to Korf­mann, Troy was a cen­tre of high cul­ture which grew from the civ­i­liza­tions of Me­sopotamia, Egypt and that of the Hit­tites. Korf­mann notes that Troy served the func­tion of "a bridge and in­ter­me­di­ary in spread­ing this cul­tural cen­tre".

There­fore, con­trary to the Western-ori­ented con­cept of civ­i­liza­tion - which has been main­tained steadily since the nine­teenth cen­tury - Troy’s in­flu­ence as an in­ter­me­di­ary sug­gests the West bor­rowed the val­ues, which were the ba­sis of its own cul­ture and civ­i­liza­tion, from the East.

A re­con­struc­tion of the fortress and lower city

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