One Trick Pony

Almost 3000 years ago,  Homer recounted the epic tale of Achilles and Hector, two heroes on opposite sides of the Trojan War. Achilles killed Hector in battle and the Greeks went on to take Hector’s city, Troy, with the help of a wooden horse.

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Turns out the horse was a one-trick pony because no one fell for it again — as far as we know. But it worked like a charm for Agamemnon.

If you’re like me, you would have been willing to bet that Troy was in what we now call Greece. But in the 19th century, Heinrich Schliemann, a German treasure hunter obsessed over Homer’s tale  concluded Troy had to be in Turkey on the Dardanelles. Turned out he was right.

Today, we traveled by ferry from Istanbul across the Marmara Sea to Banderma where we rented car and drove to the archaeological site that contains all that remains of the infamous city of Troy.

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It’s easy to see why people settled Troy. It’s a beautiful area atop a hill at the edge of the Dardanelles just as the strait meets the Aegean Sea.

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It’s a complex archaeological site because there are multiple Troys. The city was rebuilt several times over the more than three millenia it was inhabited.

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After visiting Troy, I am convinced that Turkey really is the world’s largest museum. The country provides a record of humanity from the dawn of civilization to the new millenum.
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