The debates about the Trojan War’s place in history is something that I had only vague ideas about, but Cline’s book helped me to get a much better sense of the scholarship about the Trojan War. The Iliad and the Odyssey are the only fully surviving work of a number of poems (referred to as the Epic Cycle) about the Trojan War’s causes, course, and aftermath. These are the works that contain some of the famous stories of Trojan War: the death of Achilles, the Trojan Horse, and the sack of Troy. Cline also looks at evidence from Greek and Hittite history to see how the war connects with what is known about the history of the ancient Mediterranean, and also gives an overview of the history of archaeological digs at the site of Troy from Schliemann to the early 21st century. Like the other Oxford Very Short Introductions that I have read, this book is a nice overview of its topic.
The Trojan War’s place in history