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Tales of Troy and its heroes—Achilles and Hector, Paris and the legendary beauty Helen—have fired the human imagination for 3,000 years. With
In Search of the Trojan War
, Michael Wood brings vividly to life the legend and lore of the Heroic Age in an archaeological adventure that sifts through the myths and speculation to provide a fresh view of the riches and the reality of ancient Troy.

This gripping story shows why the legend of Troy forms the bedrock of Western culture and why its past is a paradigm of human history. Wood's meticulous scholarly sleuthing yields fascinating evidence about the continuity and development of human civilization in the Aegean and Asia Minor. With its 50 feet of debris resulting from constant rebuilding, human destruction, earthquake, and abandonment, the mound of Troy contains the beginnings and ends of new races and civilizations.

This edition includes a new preface, a new final chapter, and an addendum to the bibliography that take account of dramatic new developments in the search for Troy with the rediscovery, in Moscow, of the so-called Jewels of Helen and the re-excavation of the site of Troy, which began in 1988 and is yielding new evidence about the historical city.

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Editorial Reviews

Washington Post
A dazzling and exhaustive analysis.
Library Journal
Written to complement a BBC-TV series scheduled to begin on PBS this month, Wood's book is essentially an investigation of the historical reality, if any, behind the legend of Troy and the Trojan War. Though not a professional archaeologist, Wood shows a fine grasp of the various problems presented by the Homeric epics, and writes well about sometimes complicated archaeological, linguistic, and historical matters. At times his presentation is a bit repetitious, but those interested in the attempts of individuals such as Schliemann, Dorpfeld, Blegen, and Evans to explore sites thought to be those connected by Homer with the Trojan War will find a lively and sometimes speculative account based on current scholarship. A useful introduction for nonspecialists to areas of continuing scholarly debate. Jackson P. Hershbell, Classical Studies Dept., Univ. of Minnestoa, Minneapolis
The New York Times
This beautifully illustrated book...examines the legend of Troy and vividly evokes themes that are central to our civilization's quest for its past. -- New York Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520215993
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 5/13/1998
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 821,514
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Wood is a writer and historian living in England. He is the author of several highly acclaimed books including
In Search of the Trojan War
(California, 1989).

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Updated Edition 3
Acknowledgements 7
Prologue 9
1 The Search for Troy 19
2 Heinrich Schliemann 47
3 The Coming of the Greeks 94
4 Homer: The Singer of Tales 123
5 Agamemnon's Empire 145
6 A Forgotten Empire: The Hittites and the Greeks 169
7 The Peoples of the Sea 210
8 Conclusions: The End of the Bronze Age 242
Postscript 1996: The Trojan War Found Again? 260
Bibliography 271
Picture Credits 277
Index 279
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    In Search of the Trojan War

    Based on the BBC TV series. Michael Wood's combination of scholarly seriousness and contageous enthusiasm makes archaeology come alive, and it's exciting to put Homer's Iliad in its ancient setting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2000

    Excellent rendering of ancient tale

    Wood also delivered this in a miniseries that was quite interesting in describing a possible cause of the war as the capture of women(symbolized by Helen) for slave labor and the economic impetus of the war.Wood describes the details of life in those times and even methods and accesories and military attire for the times.

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