In Search of the Trojan War

Season 1 Episode 3

The Singer of Tales

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Aired Unknown Mar 10, 1985 on BBC
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The Singer of Tales
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Homer was a storyteller who lived in the 8th Century BC. His epic poem about Troy, ??The Iliad,?? is 16,000 lines long. Yet the events he so vividly describes in this poem ,if indeed they are real, took place five hundred years before his time, during a period in which writing ceased to exist in Greece. When he retold this tale at courts and festivals around the Aegean, Homer relied on an oral tradition, which had passed down the story of Hector and Achilles for more than ten generations. The third program in the series attempts to show how the story of Troy, as told by Homer, could actually go back to a Bronze Age war poem about a real event. In Mayo in the West of Ireland we see a Gaelic storyteller demonstrating his art, then we travel to Kars in Turkish Armenia to see a professional bard delivering to a live audience part of a 500-year-old Turkish epic the length of Homer??s ??Iliad.??moreless
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