Wednesday, 22 February 2012

#3

I love history. And legends. And myths. And linking history, legend and myth.

For that reason, I particularly love visiting places that have rich historical backgrounds. There's nothing like a good story to accompany your imagination on a visual escapade. And that's why I want to go to Troy.
Aerial view of modern day Troy

Yes, Troy. Because shit like this fascinates me.

The city of Troy is located in northwest Anatolia in what is now Turkey (previously part of Greece).

(Turkey is a number in itself on the bucket list, but we'll get to that another time)

There's something so mesmerising about places like these. Long forgotten tragic places where people once lived and loved and fought to survive. I often wonder what their lives were like; what they held to be true, what their daily routines consisted of. I'm sure stuffy offices and suits weren't a part of that routine.

Silver tetradrachm from Troy during the Hellenistic period, 188–160 BC. Head of Athena in Attic helmet.

Sometimes I think it would be poetic to arrive in a majestic wooden replica of the Trojan Horse. Or maybe a real horse and a wooden carriage would do. Or maybe we'll just leave the horses  and walk.

Sounds like a good day trip.

14 comments:

  1. I SO understand this! myth and history are subjects i LOVE too! :) :) :)

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  2. I used to watch this Star Trek series when i was a kid, and the coolest thing in that was this "Holodeck" - which was like a virtual reality thingie that could transport them to any place and time in history. It's just sci-fi / fantasy, of course, but hey - if we get to Jannah, who's to say that we won't be able to do the same thing there?

    Historical pictures are also amazing to see - for example, pictures of a city in the 1920s and 30s. The transport, the way people dressed, the advertising, etc...magic :)

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  3. Love Turkey!

    "Because shit like this fascinates me". I think we can all relate to this. We have such a rich History.

    By the way, not so sure about going back to the past but would love to go back to the future if I could! :D

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  4. I am with you, Azra! All these places fire the imagination and make you mind wonder so many possibilities. War, Romance, Personalities, Living Conditions, and on and on.

    Dean
    http://leftcoastguy.com

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  5. I love history, legend and myth. I'd like to pull the sword from the stone in Sienna!

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  6. I do quite like the myth and history thing myself.

    Turkey is quite an amazing place to travel to :)

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  7. I know what you mean. I've been aching to go to Southern Italy and visit Pompeii for these same reasons. Though it never occurred to me to go to Troy! I'd love to travel to Turkey someday too. :)

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  8. You should plan to visit Persepolis. You'll love it, a I did.

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  9. I went HERE and left, because shit like this doesn't fascinate me when it's 113 ºF and there's this beautiful beach waiting for me and a Sex on the Beach to add to the fun. As for the Trojan Horse... I meet Trojan Horses on a daily basis and they all look fake ;)

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  10. Prixie
    It would be awesome to explore it together ;)

    dreamlife
    I do want to see it all on a big screen and I've met many people who want Allah SWT to show them events as they occurred :) My love for history sometimes transcends the present!

    SI
    I would love to climb into a machine and make my way to any era (without there being disastrous consequences!) ;P

    LCG
    I can spend days wondering about ancient civilizations. I guess it comes from a part of me that believes that they had some kind of answer to life.

    Juliette
    I'd love to pull the sword from the stone in Sienna too :)

    Diedre
    I can't wait to go to Turkey. Its definitely in my top 10 of places to go to.

    Michi
    I'd visit all the ancient sites if I could... maybe I will! :)

    Colin
    I'm sure I will, it goes on my list!

    RCB
    I can't explain my fascination... at any temperature :)

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  11. As you will be aware, there are many layers within Troy. To help you to understand the archeology I recommend "Centuries of Darkness" by Peter James. It was published in 1991 and his website keeps it fresh and up to date.

    http://www.centuries.co.uk/index.htm

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  12. Perry
    Thanks for that link!

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  13. Girlfriend, lets plan a vacation to Troy together, that way we get to meet each other as well.

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  14. Tazeen
    Sounds like a GREAT idea! I'd even meet you in Yemen if you wanted to :)

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