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Observations on the Topography of the Plain of Troy
And on the Principal Objects within, and around it Described, or Alluded to, in the Iliad

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  • Date Published: September 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108071826

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  • James Rennell (1742–1830) could be claimed as the father of historical geography. After a long career at sea and in India, during which he had learned surveying and cartography, he returned to England and entered the circle of Sir Joseph Banks, who encouraged him to widen his interests to include the geography of the ancient world. In this work, published in 1814, Rennell compares the actual topography of the area in which Troy was believed to be located with the accounts of ancient commentators on Homer, with the Homeric accounts themselves, and finally with the work of ancient geographers. Without offering his own solution to the problem, he demolishes with zest the then current theory that Troy was located at the village of Bournabashi - a conclusion with which Heinrich Schliemann later agreed. Rennell's posthumously published work on the topography of Western Asia is also reissued in this series.

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    • Date Published: September 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108071826
    • length: 184 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 178 x 10 mm
    • weight: 0.33kg
    • contains: 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Notices respecting the maps
    Part I. The Ideas of the Ancient Geographers:
    1. Preliminary observations
    2. Concerning the region of Ida
    3. A comparison of the report of Demetrius of Scepsis, with the actual topography of the Troad
    Part II. A Comparison of the Topography of Homeric Troy, with that of Demetrius and with the Actual Topography:
    1. A comparison of the topography of Homer with that of Demetrius
    2. The position of the camp and rampart of the Greeks
    3. Concerning the monument of Ilus
    4. Concerning the lower part of the course of the Scamander
    5. Concerning the Throsmos
    6. Concerning the tumulus of Aesyetes
    Part III. Concerning What May Be Collected from the Ancients, Respecting the Site of Troy:
    1. Concerning the site of ancient Troy
    2. Concerning the places of the fields of battle
    3. Tumulus of Hector
    4. Conclusion
    Addenda
    Index.

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