The amazing true story behind Homers Iliad has at last been rediscovered after a life time of carefull research.
The false assumption that the Trojan War was waged near Hissarlik (so called Troy) in Asia Minor, where NO traces of war are found, dates back to the eight century BC when the first Greeks settled on Turkey's west coast.
The Greeks did not know that the Trojans who once lived in Hissarlik area were migrants because the collective memory of this fact was lost during the Dark Ages (1200-750 BC).
From 1180 to 1100 Hissarlik (in Turkey) was indeed inhabited by a non-local people. They were the migrant survivors of the greatest war of prehistory, when Troy on the Gog Magog Hills in Cambridgeshire, England, was destroyed. Here, huge quantities of bronze weapons and other remains of a major war in the late Bronze Age have been found, a small selection of these are on show in local museums.
The great migrations of the second millennium BC brought also Achaeans, Troy's enemies, from regions along the Atlantic coast of the European Continent to the Mediterranean where they caused the collapse of many civilisations.
The name 'Achaeans' means 'Watermen' or 'Sea People' (the Gothic 'acha' for 'water' or 'stream' is cognate with Latin 'aqua'). The Greek historian Herodotus (fifth century BC) confirms that Pelasgians ('Sea Peoples') had settled in Greece long before his time. They founded Athens, renamed places, merged with the local population and adopted their language.
With the Achaeans came their gods and their oral tradition, including the Iliad and the Odyssey, which were both written down in Greek around 750 BC long after the events they depict.
The migrant newcomers engaged in the time-honoured practice of renaming towns, rivers and mountains after familiar places in their former homelands. The transfer of place-names naturally led to the belief over time that the events described in the epics took place in Greece and the Mediterranean and that the Achaeans were Greeks.
In this way, the origin of the Trojans and Achaeans was forgotten and the real story behind Homers Iliad and the Odyssey was lost. but now it has all been rediscovered.
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