The Greek Treasure Author:Irving Stone Sophia Engastronmenos, a classic Greek beauty in the tradition of Phidias's marble sculptures, was seventeen years old when an extraordinary fate overtook her. — Henry Schliemann, forty-seven, who had become an American citizen in order to secure a divorce from his Russian wife, wrote to Sophia's relative in Athens, Bishop Vimpos, asking him to f... more »ind a Greek girl who cold be "the hand of God on my shoulder" in his search for the ancient city of Troy and the royal tombs of Mycanae.
The adventures of Henry and Sophia are among the most dramatic and fascinating that ever happened to two human beings. There was constant danger and frustration. Schliemann, despite his tremendous discoveries, was called every ugly word in the eighteen languages he spoke and wrote: impostor, thief, fraud, idiot, troublemaker, wastrel. But he also had defendants, chief among them his wife, Sophia, and Prime Minister William Gladstone of England.
Sophia became a trained archaeologist. She suffered form the blazing sun, the bitter cold, the chilling rain, her husband's impetuous nature, the calumny heaped upon them; but survived to go back to work the next time there was a historic site to be uncovered and great treasures to be taken from the earth.
THE GREEK TREASURE is an unforgettable human story. The reader will relate to Sophia and Henry, will care about them, finishing the last page of the novel reluctantly, yet fulfilled.« less