Troas (trōˈăs) [key] or the Troad trōˈăd, region about ancient Troy, on the northwest coast of Asia Minor, in present NW Turkey. Traversed by Mt. Ida (Kaz Daği) and strategically located on the Hellespont (Dardanelles), it was involved in various struggles to control the straits. Troas was the scene of the events of the Iliad and was an ancient center of Aegean civilization. The region has yielded to archaeologists a wealth of antiquities. For the Troas of the Bible, see Alexandria Troas.

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