Dr. Susan Heuck AllenVisiting Scholar, Department of Classics, Brown University

Event Date: 
Thursday, March 6, 2008 - 22:15

"Finding the Walls of Troy: Frank Calvert and Heinrich Schliemann at Hisarlik" A case of identity theft in the 19th century? Over a century ago archaeological hero Heinrich Schliemann took full credit for the discovery of Homer's Troy in his rags to riches to ruins autobiography and books on Troy. But he did not do it alone. He merely eclipsed the man who had led him to the hypothesis which later became his claim to fame. His predecessor was Frank Calvert, the first archaeologist to excavate the site of Troy and owner of half of the site. This lecture examines the role of Frank Calvert in furthering our understanding of the archaeology of the Troad in general and Troy in specific as well as his difficult, but fruitful relationship with Schliemann. This lecture was co-sponsored by the Department of Classics at SFSU