Fascinated by Homeric works such as the Iliad and the Odyssey since childhood, Heinrich Schliemann set out to uncover the remains of the fabled city of Troy in 1870. Schliemann began his excavations in April of 1870 as a self-made man and typical dilettante of the times. The task he set upon with little scientific planning and scholarly research if successful, would lend historical significance to the works of Homer and bring the fabled city to life.
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Boyer, Zachary T., "Heinrich Schliemann: Impact of Excavations at Troy and Mycenae" (2016). A with Honors Projects. 193.