In Search of the Trojan War

Season 1 Episode 2

The Legend Under Siege

Aired Unknown Mar 03, 1985 on BBC
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The Legend Under Siege
Heinrich Schliemann?s successors attempt to give substance to his romantic dream and prove Homer?s tale true. Expeditions led by the Germans in the 1890s and by the Americans in the 1930s dug into the hill of Troy looking for hard facts, but came up with conflicting interpretations. The Germans found a beautiful walled city, apparently demolished and burned; Americans found a city of shanties, a Bronze Age refugee camp with prefabs, a small kitchen, storage jars, even bodies in the streets. But which city was the true site of Homer?s Trojan War Some thought the war had not happened at all, and chief among them was the celebrated British archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans. We see Evans sensational finds at Knossos in Crete, finds which he believed wiped out any possibility of using Homer to reconstruct the Greek Bronze Age.moreless

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