TROY'S LOST TREASURE

A MOSCOW MUSEUM REDISCOVERS THE GOLDEN HOARD OF ONE OF HISTORY'S GREAT EXPLORERS AND CON MEN

From the time he was a child growing up in Ankershagen, Germany, in the early part of the 19th century, Heinrich Schliemann knew his destiny. He vowed that when he was a man, he'd prove that the people, places and events that had entranced him in Homer's Iliad--Helen and Agamemnon, the siege of Troy and the magnificent city itself--were more than just legends. Or so he later wrote. Like many of Schliemann's tales, this one may have been a trifle exaggerated. "In general, scholars accept the fact that Schliemann told a great many lies," says David Traill, a classicist at the...

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