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By Freya Stark

This can be the tale of back-country Turkey, a space that even within the twentieth century continues to be stubbornly tied to antiquity. the writer traveled via it through truck and horseback, usually on my own. She reached locations little visited and not written approximately. the rustic humans welcomed her with generosity unrelated to their meager resources.
She was once touring in time to boot, and located value in recalling the lifetime of Alexander the nice. Twenty-two centuries in the past he was once the 1st to dream of a united global.

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The Trojan Wine is actually Ada Y~ld~z, the Star of the Islands, a local brand bottled on the island of Bozcaada (Greek Tenedos) where most of the Achaeans hid during the stratagem of the Trojan Horse. Thus that touristic label has a remote historical basis, if only by accident. But Troy itself, when we saw the site most recently, looked exactly as it had that warm and pellucidly clear mid-April day of our first visit in I 96 I, the ancient mound brooding above the windy Trojan plain, whose chequerboard of greening farmland was speckled with myriad poppies undulating in the breeze that soughed within the olive-groves and forests of valonia oak in the surrounding hills.

As he did so we passed Seddiilbahir, one of the two capes at the western tip of the Gallipoli peninsula, with Cape Helles still out of sight to the west. Ahmet brought us close in so that we could see the old Ottoman fortress at Seddiilbahir, one of the two Outer Castles, the other fort barely visible across the way at Kum Kale on the westernmost point of the Asian shore. The Outer Castles, erected in I 6 59 by Mehmet Kopriilii, grand vizier of Mehmet IV, were rebuilt in I 773-5 by Baron Franqois de Tott, a Hungarian military engineer in the service of Abdiil Hamit I.

Blegen also wrote a shorter work summarizing the researches of his group and their predecessors, entitled Troy and the Trojans, published in 1963. I had brought a copy along. I also carried with me copies of the Iliad and the Odyssey, in the superb translations by Richmond Lattimore. for Homer is still the best guide to Troy. After surveying the site, we set out to identify the various levels in chronological order, beginning with Troy I. Subsequent excavations have supported Schliemann's belief that Troy I was the original settlement at Troy, and Blegen has dated its occupancy to the period 3000-2500 BC.

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