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  • 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.