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World Civilization to 1500 Research PaperWhen Heinrich Schliemann emerged from Turkey in June of 1873 with a hoard of treasure the whole world took note He claimed to have found the ruins of ancient Troy Schliemann had rejected the prevailing scholarly doctrine that Homer was a mythmaker not a historian or scholar Even today some people argue that the actual ruins of the historical city of Troy are in Croatia not Hisarlik Turkey as Schliemann claimed This position is outdated now just as it was when Schliemann first made his great archaeological discovery Evidence clearly shows that the majority of our present knowledge of the famous ancient city of Troy comes of Homers writing and from Heinrich Schliemanns archaeological discoveries In my opinion Homer should be accepted as a legitimate source of historical reference and therefore so should Schliemann Regardless of conflicting beliefs the remains of Troy must in fact be at Hisarlik since Schliemann was guided to this site by Homers descriptions in The IliadWhile the Greek people remained steadfast in their strong traditional heritage most of the non-Greek world at Schliemanns time asserted that the events set in Troy were figments of a great imagination and were intended only to entertain NeverthelessSchliemann began to question these accepted beliefs regarding the existence of a real Troy at a very young age Heinrichs father had given him a history book and intrigued by its illustrations of the mythical city he began his lifelong obsession to find the lost city He learned the Greek language and studied Homers epics extensively Considering geographical descriptions Schliemann began to believe that he would find the city around Hisarlik Turkey In 1870 he and one hundred workers set out to prove his theory Time-Life 10 In doing so he took The Iliad as literally as if it were an eyewitness accountRegardless of much criticism of Schliemanns personal life his business ethics and his methods of excavation he is often regarded
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