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Chambers 21st Century Dictionary

noun: (in full troy weight) a system of weights used for precious metals and gemstones in which there are 12 ounces or 5 760 grains to the pound.

[14c: from Troyes, in France.]

Summary Article: Troy from The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide
Ancient city in Asia Minor (modern Hissarlik in Turkey), just south of the Dardanelles. It has a long and complex history dating from about 3000 BC to AD 1200. In 1820 the city was identified as Troy, the site of the legendary ten-year Trojan War described in Homer's epic Iliad, but its actual name is unknown. Nine cities found one beneath another were originally excavated by Heinrich Schliemann 1874–90. The first fortifications appeared on the site in the Early Bronze Age. These were a stone wall with a mudbrick battlement and a gate protected by flanking towers. By the Middle Bronze Age the defences had been enlarged and required at least four gateways, two of which were protected by towers. Recent research suggests that the seventh, sacked and burned about 1270 BC, is probably the Homeric Troy. The city and its defences were rebuilt, but su...    Continue Reading

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