posted on Jun, 1 2004 @ 12:36 AM
Doric invasion = Dorians so I was right about that though that was stretching limits of my recollective abilities (been a while since I read
through creations of Spartan militarism).
Anyways, I'd like to think that the Trojan war was every bit as big as we today are told it was, after all, if there was such a war it would have to
be big, Troy had not just powerful trading rights as being a close link to the sea for the Hittites but also the winds were in their favor for easy
pirating. The ships sailing to the Dardanelles would sometimes when the winds were favorable or unfavorable, depending on how you look at it, be
blown to the shores of Troy where they'd plunder them at will.
The difference that should always be understood, is what the war meant to those who fought it, and those who recall it.
I think that those who fought it just simply were fighting for themselves, more reason I believe that the term "slaves" for rowing their boats is
wrong either by whoever wrote down the story (remember Greece wasn't literate till about 500 BC) or whoever translated from whoever wrote it down.
The literacy problems is probably why the use the term "Triere" for their ships which surely we agree is wrong in specifics because Triremes did not
exist until 700BC about or later...possibly even 500BC as far as most can tell.
So I think those who fought the Trojan War were much like vikings, out for some gold, and because Greeks at that time were powerful city-states, it
was not just raiding parties.
But that the Greeks after the Doric invasion would recall the same war as if it were a great statement of, "We are Greeks!"
I guess much to the same affect that the Revolutionary War is to Americans today.
To Americans then it was a war for independence, but they were not Americans, they were Virginians and New Yorkers and these problems had to be solved
by the Constitutional Convention.
But today we just simply state that we were made Americans in the Revolutionary War.
When the real history shows that we really weren't Americans until after the Civil War because before that State-Centered Federalism was the
strongest and most prominent so Governors had more power than the President.
Anyways, I think that's a very thurough way of describing how I view Troy must really have been both in war and in story for the Greeks.