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Troy is sacked and burned

Troy is sacked and burned

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Eratosthenes' precise dating underscores the intersection of myth and historical inquiry, offering a tantalising glimpse into the ancient world and its legendary narratives

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Publisted at 9:33 AM, Tue Jun 11th, 2024

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According to the calculations of the ancient Greek scholar Eratosthenes, the city of Troy was sacked and burned on 11 June 1184 BC. 

It marked a pivotal moment in the legendary Trojan War.

This event, deeply rooted in Greek mythology and immortalised in Homer's epic poems, signifies the culmination of a decade-long siege by the Greeks, who employed the cunning stratagem of the Trojan Horse to infiltrate the fortified city.

The sacking of Troy led to the destruction of its majestic walls and the downfall of its noble king, Priam, heralding the end of one of the most storied conflicts in ancient history.

Eratosthenes' precise dating underscores the intersection of myth and historical inquiry, offering a tantalising glimpse into the ancient world and its legendary narratives.

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