Cecil’s 7/20/07 column, Was there a real Trojan war as depicted in the Iliad? Is “Agamemnon’s death mask” real? leaves a major question unanswered and, indeed, unmentioned: Who were the Trojans? Culturally, I mean. Did they speak the language and worship the gods of the Greeks, as portrayed in the Iliad? Or of the Hittites, the most powerful civilization in Anatolia? Or did they have a language and gods and culture all their own? Do all those excavations by and after Schliemann reveal any clues?
I posed this question in GQ three years ago but the answers were all over the place.