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Posted by HSG on June 22, 2004 at 09:50:58:

In Reply to: posted by HSG on May 23, 2004 at 02:21:49:

As a postscript to this somewhat off-topic thread, we would like to encourage anyone who has seen the movie Troy, or who sees it in the near future, and is inspired to learn more about the historical events on which it is based, to view an extraordinary television documentary titled In Search of the Trojan War--especially if your 40/hr work week affords you little time for reading.

Both scholarly and accessible, this BBC production from 1985 is a passionate chronicle of the archeological quest for the truth behind Homer's Iliad. The series has some of the flavour of the Lord of the Rings films in how it evokes the majesty of the empires that flourished during the time of the Trojan War. Anyone who loves travel--and particularly, anyone who has ever backpacked his way through a "Grand Tour" of Europe--will delight in the "pilgrimage" quality of the episodes, as the narrator explores the myths and ruins that still remain to bear witness to the greatness of Homer's world. You may even acquire a new appreciation of Troy itself, when you discover how cleverly the film bridges Homer's account with the archeological and historical record that has come down to us.

Most moving of all are the scenes showing the narrator--seeking important archeological clues concerning the existence of Troy--approaching the ruins of Berlin's great archaeological museum, the Neues Museum, which was destroyed by Allied bombing in 1945. Also gripping is the Berlin curator's account of how the museum staff attempted to recover the treasures of Troy from the rubble of the Neues Museum--marking the second time that these treasures have witnessed the annihilation of a city.

The series is also a compelling introduction to the field of archaeology itself, at least for anyone who has even a passing interest in history. And one of the narrator's comments about his discipline is equally applicable to the topic of this Web site:

Archaeology is the most Romantic of sciences, for we would have it physically restore to us the lost past.

Bringing the past to life remains one of the greatest achievements of plus-size modelling, inasmuch as these living models incarnate, in flesh and blood, the ideal of feminine beauty that was enshrined in Classical Antiquity, and has been passed down to us over the centuries. To look at a plus-size model, we see Helen of Troy standing before us--or Venus, or Danae, or any of the paragons of loveliness who inspired Classical artists to lay the intellectual and artistic foundations upon which Western civilization was built.

Charlotte (Wilhelmina/12plusUK) modelling for Addition-Elle, Summer 2004:

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