Weekly Roundup of Archaeology, History and Historical Fiction August 20-26

Here are some posts I enjoyed this week: sensational Bronze Age finds at Hala Sultan Tekke on Cyprus, Roman mosaic of Poseidon in Turkey uncovered, Olympian not Olympic cycling, ancient synagogue in Galilee and the discovery of a secret tunnel at the venerable dig at Alacahöyük Turkey

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Figuring out the Winner: Propaganda and Reality , Hittites vs Pharaoh Ramesses

Getting to the truth in wartime has always been difficult. Pharaoh Ramesses, after the Battle of Kadesh, portrayed his version in some interestingly distorted ways. Click on through to Suzanne Adair’s Relevant History to read my post on ancient propaganda and historical reality. It led to a refreshing result in this case.

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Weekly Roundup of History, Archaeology and Writing Wisdom Jan 23-29

I had a great time at the San Diego State University Writers’ Conference, details inside. Here are some posts I enjoyed this week: ancient footprints found near Tucson, new findings fr a venerable, excellent archaeological dig in Turkey, Çatalhöyük, linguists date your childhood fairytales to the Bronze Age, and an overview article about Hittites (in case you haven’t yet got the picture from this website…)

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Myth & Folklore: Where Did Mighty Achilles Get his Start?

The heroes of the Trojan War probably have origins in history, but there’s also been an infusion of myth and legendary grandeur. In a post on Unusual Historicals, I explore an idea of mine that the development of Achilles was significantly influenced by the Hittite myth of Telipinu.

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