Modern-day Trojans

Are there any modern-day Trojans? That depends on how you define the word. If the poet Virgil is to be believed, Aeneas (a member of the Trojan royal family) escaped Troy and ultimately became the father of Rome (the subject of Virgil’s epic “Aeneid”). If French Renaissance poet Pierre de Ronsard is to be believed, the son of Hector himself escaped Troy and ultimately became the father of the French people (the subject of Ronsard’s epic “Franciade”). Both poets craved nearness between their people and the fabled city of Troy. On the other hand, there is even now a modern village called Tevfikiye right next to the site of ancient Troy. Tevfikiye has old farm houses with red-tiled roofs; a handful of inns; a mosque; and lots of farmland. And at least some of the people who live and work there identify as Trojans!

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