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THE TOMBS

On the hills which surround the plain of Troy some unusual hills attract many visitors attention. Those hills are shown on some old maps as the graves of Achilles, Patroclus or Ajax. But it can not be proven today whether they were the graves of the Greek heroes or not. It is believed that they are from Hellenistic times but even so there might be earlier graves underneath. It is also possible that the tombs might have been built during the time of Alexander the Great symbolically in the name of these Greek heroes as grave monuments. As a matter of fact, after the Trojan War Anatolia became a Greek land. The death place of the important Greek warriors like Achilles, Patroclus and Ajax was accepted as a holy place.

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Troy became a place of pilgrimage in other words a touris centre. Alexander the Great visited the grave of Achille, the person he admired most, and sacrificed animals there. He may also ordered his generals to build a temple to Athena at Troy. He may also have ordered more soil put on the graves in order to give them a monumental appearance. If at least one of these tombs was excavated, we would be able to get a better idea what they are. On the horizon of Troy today they look very much like the memorials from the First World War on the other side of the Dardanelles.

 

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