Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Is this Homer's Throsmos?

I have searched the internet for pictures looking west or southwest from Hissarlik. I have not found much. 

However, there are lots of pics looking pretty much due north from Schliemann's trench. These photos do not capture the plain of the Scamander/Mendere.  

There are also a few looking northwest.  All of these northwest looking shots reveal an unexplained mound at the meeting of the two plains northwest of Hissarlik.  That mound is a good candidate for Homer's Throsmos, a swelling of the plain on which the 50k strong Trojan army camped on the night before an assault on the Greek ships. It is also the only candidate for the tell of the city in the plain of Troy.  

In the picture above, the land rises north-northwest of Hissarlik at the meeting of the two plains. 

In the photo above, the land rises at the left of the frame, before the village. 

The photo above clearly reveals a mound as the roads rise north-northwest of Hissarlik. Out beyond the northernmost road, we see the meeting of the plains as it would appear closer to Hissarlik if there were not an artificial mound in the way.  That area of the photo shows us what level things would be at, and what they should/would look like if not for human interventions.  

Is it the throsmos?  Well, at least it is in the plain. 

The interpretation above from Walter Leaf places the throsmos exactly where we have been looking in the earlier photos, NNW of Hissarlik, at the meeting of the two plains.   

If there was a lump in the plain big enough for 50k men to camp on (with their horses and chariots) then what on earth caused that lump?  

In the photo above, the ground rises in the top left of the frame, between the labels for Schliemann's Trench and The Mound of Hissarlik.  What lies between them is the mound of the city in the plain.  

Again, why does one go uphill when driving past Hisarlik to the west?  My answer: because the road is mounting a buried city.  What other plausible explanation is there? 

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