February 16: Five Reasons Why the Trojan War Really Happened

–submitted by Jessika Kasten

On February 16, UW-Madison Professor William Aylward shared, “Five Reasons Why the Trojan War Really Happened.”

  1. Geopolitics of the Agean Sea – The location of Troy was on a main trade route and it makes sense that competing forces would want to control this strategic location.
  2. Walls of Troy – The walls have been discovered and intended for protection.
  3. Evidence for Destruction – Siege, capture and destruction were all evident.
  4. The Ancient Greeks and Romans Who Lived Near Troy Promoted the Legend – They created art and literature to keep the story alive.
  5. We Want to Believe – Questions asked about values and morality are still applicable today.

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