Finding the Walls of Troy: Frank Calvert and Heinrich Schliemann at Hisarlik

Finding the Walls of Troy: Frank Calvert and Heinrich Schliemann at Hisarlik


By (author) Susan Heuck Allen

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  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Format: Hardback | 486 pages
  • Dimensions: 161mm x 235mm x 38mm | 816g
  • Publication date: 15 February 1999
  • Publication City/Country: Berkerley
  • ISBN 10: 0520208684
  • ISBN 13: 9780520208681
  • Illustrations note: 55 b&w illustrations, 4 maps

Product description

Amateur archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann took full credit for the discovery of Homer's Troy, over 100 years ago. In this book the author claims Schliemann gained his status as an archaeological hero partly by deliberately eclipsing the man who had launched his career. Susan Allen aims to put the record straight, by restoring British expatriate Frank Calvert to his rightful place in the story of the identification and excavation of Hisarlik, the site thought to be Troy as described in the "Iliad". The book tells the story of Calvert's development as an archaeologist, his adventures and discoveries, and then focuses on the twists and turns of his turbulent relationship with Schliemann who, claims Allen, stole Calvert's ideas, exploited his knowledge and advice and slandered and denigrated his work.

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Author information

Susan Heuck Allen has taught at Yale and Tufts universities and is currently Visiting Scholar in the Department of Classics at Brown University.

Review quote

"Allen may have done for archaeology what "The Double Helix did for the discovery of DNA's structure: Bare the petty competitiveness that sometimes underlies objective science, giving a darkly ironic twist to the axiom that each successful scientific pioneer stands on the shoulders of those who went before."--"The Providence Sunday Journal