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Finding the Walls of Troy: Frank Calvert and Heinrich Schliemann at Hisarlik
The relentlessly self-promoting amateur archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann took full credit for discovering Homer's Troy over one hundred years ago, and since then generations have thrilled to the tale of his ambitions and achievements. But Schliemann gained this status as an archaeological hero partly by deliberately eclipsing the man who had launched his career. Now, at ...more
Hardcover, 486 pages
Published February 15th 1999 by University of California Press
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Jan 20, 2014 Kristin rated it it was ok
Parts of this book were fascinating. I was riveted at first by the story of Frank Calvert's early Trojan excavations and Schliemann's attempts to deny Calvert any credit for discovering the site. But the middle of the book, describing subsequent excavations and bureaucratic entanglements, was really boring and took me forever to get through. Things picked up again at the very end with the tangled later history of Priam's treasure. Overall, I learned some interesting things, but I would not like ...more
I would recommend this book. I don't feel like writing a long review but if you are interested in the Iliad, archeology in general and the history of 19th and early 20th centuary scholarship of the material sciences...then I think you would enjoy it.
Can be tedious, but it brings Frank Calvert's story to the front. Schliemann's aggrandizement and outride frauds are a putoff. It becomes more and more convincing that Homer's world was great poetry applied to real places, and maybe real people.