Heinrich Schliemann: Troy And Its Remains. A Narrative Of Researches And Discoveries Made On The Site Of Ilium, And In The Trojan Plain
New York, 1994
392 p., ill.
"The ancient city of Troy stood strategically at the intersection of routes linking Asia and Europe, and grew rich controlling access to those routes. At its peak, it enjoyed great prestige and power as a center of culture and communication. Although it fell into complete rum the 4th century A.D., Troy has remained a lively presence in Western culture through the epic poetry of Homer and as a result of the remarkable excavations fed by German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann in the late 19th century.
Homer's stirring accounts of the Trojan Wars and their principal figures - Priam, Achilles, Hector, Paris and Helen, Agamemnon, Menelaus and others - have never ceased to fire the imaginations of Western artists, writers and composers. Indeed, it is because of Homer that Heinrich Schliemann made it a lifelong dream to uncover and investigate the ruins of Troy, hoping to find evidence of the shining city of the 1"d and the Odyssey. This great classic is Schliemann's own account of his search - a dedicated effort that yielded rich evidence of the rise of civilization in northwestern Asia Minor.
Enhanced by nearly 500 illustrations, the narrative recalls step by step the painstaking progress of the excavations at Troy and the stunning riches in both artifacts and knowledge they revealed. As Schliemann dug deeper, layer after layer brought to light a succession of settlements that began as early as 3000 B.C. in the early Bronze Age and persisted for three millennia. Few archaeological finds have told us so much about so vast an expanse of time.
Students and readers interested in archaeological discovery, travel, adventure and the lore of the Trojan Wars will find [his superb narrative fascinating reading. Its enormous value as a reference is greatly enhanced by Dr. Schliemann's highly illuminating Introduction, the editor's appreciative commentary, and an extensively annotated table of contents and fist of illustrations."
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