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By uncovering what he claimed to be Homer's Troy and Mycenate, Heinrich Schliemann (1822-90) became one of the dominant personalities of his age. Yet this biography shows him to have lived an entire life of fraud. Rumours and claims that he fabricated evidence, or bought, buried and "found" artefacts, are fully evaluated, as the author reassesses Schliemann's life, travels and shady dealings. The book is an assessment of one of the great archaeological stories of all time and a study of a man apparently driven to shroud his own life in fantasy.
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The history of archaeology brims with tales of grave robbers and dig salters, of men (and a few women) so bent on fame that they all but destroyed the historical record in order to extract a few precious pieces of gold, marble, or jade for distant museums or, sometimes, their own studies. Heinrich Schliemann (1822-1890), who excavated Troy and Mycenae, was notorious in his own time for taking liberties with scientific method in order to prove pet theories and line his own pockets. David Traill, drawing on a trove of unpublished sources, tries a little too hard to paint Schliemann as a deviant--he was not the worst of his kind by a long shot--but he offers a rich account of how archaeology was once done, and of how history is made.About the Author:
David Traill is professor of classics at the University of California, Davis.
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Book Description Penguin Putnam~trade, 1996. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M014025739X