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We could describe Heinrich Schliemanns excavations on the hill of Hissarlik and consider their results without speaking of Troy or even alluding to it Georges Perrot wrote in 1891 in his Journal des Savants Even then they would have added a whole new chapter to the history of civilization the history of art qtd in Duchne 87 Heinrich Schliemanns life is the stuff fairy tales are made of A poor uneducated and motherless boy rises through his hard work and parsimonious lifestyle to the heights of wealth Burg 12 He travels the world and learns its languages Heinrich Schliemann takes a beautiful Greek bride and together they unearth the treasures of Troy and the citadel of Agamemnon thereby fulfilling the dream he has chased since childhood Calder 1819 Burg 8 Indeed by presenting his life in romantic autobiographies as a series of adventures starring Heinrich Schliemann as the epic hero Duchne 14 he ensured his status as a lasting folk hero and perennial bestseller Calder 19 The reality was that Heinrich Schliemann was an incredible con man a generally unlikable braggart who succeeded only because of his queer mix of genius and fraudulence He had a shylocks conscience when it came to business dealings and his shady methods pervaded both his life and his archaeology Burg 15-31 Schliemann had a habit of rewriting his past in order to paint a more dramatic picture of himself Among the events he reported that have been found to be grossly untrue are his tales of being entertained by the American president Millard Fillmore and his wife in 1851 and his narrow escape from the San Francisco fire of that same year Traill 9-13 More disturbing is when he applies these tactics to his archaeology In December of 1981 Professor David Traill a Latinist concluded that the Treasure of Priam Schliemanns most impressive find at Troy was actually a composite of several small finds uncovered
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