The Gold of Troy Author:Robert Payne Re-live the fascinating true story of Heinrich Schliemann, a shabbily-dressed, gray-haired businessman turned archaelogist who wandered among the ruins of Greece with worn-out copies of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, seeking the treasures of Troy. — Be at his side when, despite a lifetime of personal unhappiness and frustration, this amateur discover... more »s the fables wall of Troy and thus reveals to the modern world for the first time the richest, most exotic civilization of ancient times.« less
Far be it from me to cast doubts on the advertising copy on the back of a book, but Troy was far from the richest or the most exotic civilization in ancient history. But the story of Schliemann is interesting.
At a time when archeologists and historians were declaring Troy to be myth, Schliemann, an amateur archeologist armed only with the Iliad and Odyssey, set out to find it. And did. And changed everything we know or thought we knew about ancient Greece in the process.