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Troy

Replica of Trojan horse
The city of Troy (Truva, Troia) is immortalized in Homer’s epic poem, the Illiad. The Illiad is the story of great war between the Greeks and the Trojans, started when Paris steals beautiful Helen and brings her back to Troy. For ten years the war went on, until Odysseus came up with a brilliant plan. A huge wooden horse was built, the Greeks appeared to sail away, and the Trojans brought the horse inside their fortified city. While the Trojans were celebrating their victory, the Greek soldiers hidden inside the horse attacked the city, and Troy was conquered.
Troy was a real city, actually there were at least ten different Troys, built and destroyed over 3,500 years. The first Troy dates back to 3000 BC; the Troy of Homer is around 1300 – 1200 BC. Alexander the Great made a visit to Troy, and later Roman emperors declared they were descendents of Aeneas, the mythical Trojan hero who escaped from Troy and founded Rome.

In the 19th century, Heinrich Schliemann went on a search to find the ruins of Troy. Here at Hisarlik, he dug trenches and found remains of a walled city, and then a cache of ancient gold jewelry. Schliemann declared he’d discovered “Priam’s treasure,” but the gold jewelry was much older than Homer’s Troy.

Editor's note: You won’t see the treasure gold from Troy in a museum in Turkey – the gold first went to Germany, and it's now in a museum in Russia.

Troy, Turkey
  The ruins of Troy – Don’t come to Troy expecting to see magnificent towers and walls, the ruins are layers deep. But there's reason enough for kids to have a first-hand experience of Troy. From the top look west, over the plain, now a checkerboard of cultivated fields, towards the Aegean Sea. And just imagine a fleet of Greek ships decorated in bright colors, coming to fight the Trojans.
    Climb up the huge wooden replica of the Trojan horse, and peer out through the square windows. Kids can pretend they are Greek soldiers, waiting to attack Troy. You’re equipped with food and water, but you’ll have to keep quiet so you don’t give away your presence.
  City walls – At the eastern end of the ruins, walk along of the thick limestone walls, punctuated with five gates (Troy VI), which gives you an idea of the fortifications of the city.
  Megaron – This is a reconstructed square-walled building from Troy II, around 2500 BC, made of bright red clay bricks.
    Temple of Athena – Alexander the Great stopped at Troy (Troy VIII), and ordered up a brand new temple. There’s nothing much left of it, but look for a beautiful fragment of stone with square indents, one piece of the huge ceiling in the temple.
      Tip: Before you go, check out these reconstructions of Troy, to get an idea of what the city looked like through the centuries.
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Black Ships Before Troy: The Story of the Iliad kids books troy trojan war  
Black Ships Before Troy
Rosemary Sutcliff, Alan Lee

Action-packed retelling of The Iliad, the Trojan war saga, filled with larger than life heroes – arrogant Agamemnon, sulky Achilles, doomed Hector, golden boy Paris, Penthesilea, queen of the Amazons. Spectacular illustrations, it's like you're standing at the gates of Troy. (Chapter book)

Also, a paperback version, to take your trip.


     
The Trojan Horse: The Fall of Troy
Justine & Ron Fontes, Gordon Purcell

High adventures of the fall of Troy, in a graphic novel format. After ten years of fighting, it appears the Greeks have sailed away, leaving behind an amazing statue, the Trojan horse. (Graphic novel)

 

 
The Trojan Horse: The Fall of Troy kids graphic novel
     
easy reader trojan war troy The Trojan Horse  
The Trojan Horse
Emily Little, Michael Eagle

Easy to read story of The Iliad – why the Greeks go to war with Troy, fighting for ten long years, the trick to get inside the city, and destruction of Troy. (Easy reader)

 

     
Troy
Adele Geras

Captivating novel of two sisters, Xanthe and Marpessa, inside the city at the end the Trojan War. Aphrodite causes the sisters to fall in love with the same guy, set against the fierce fighting on the plains of Troy. Fun for older kids. (Chapter book)

 

 
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Digging for Troy kids archeology  
Digging for Troy: From Homer to Hisarlik
Jill Rubalcaba, Eric. H. Cline, Sarah S. Brannen

Excellent introduction to the archeological ruins of Troy, starting with a retelling of The Illiad. Teams of archeologists, starting with Schliemann, work to unravel the layers of the city, including the latest discoveries. Good for older kids. (Illustrated chapter book)

 

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