Homer's story of the Trojan War supposedly provides us with information about a Greek world which existed centuries before his own. But Homer is a poet and a story-teller, not a historian. Are there genuine historical figures behind his epic heroes? Inscriptions from the world of the 'Homeric' Greek's neighbours, the Hittites, are increasingly throwing valuable new light on the historical realities that lie behind the world recreated by Homer. A new publication which I am a co-author brings together all the texts that are contemporary with and refer to Homer's world. In effect, they provide us with the beginnings of European history. What do they say, and how much do confirm or contradict what Homer tells us?
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