When I rode across the Troad from the Dardanelles to Hissarlik
and Mount Ida, I noticed that my dragoman and his men did all our outdoor cooking exactly in the Odyssean and Iliadic fashion.
Taken from Schliemann's excavation site at Hissarlik
(in modern-day Turkey), this resplendent cache of axes, pots, jewelry, and other such items was displayed in Berlin until Allied bombing campaigns forced its removal to underground bunkers, from which the Soviet Army seized the lot in 1945.
when Schliemann entertained the hypothesis that there really had been a city of Troy and a Trojan War, this meant to his mind among other things that when he should come to make excavations at Hissarlik
he would probably find remains of a city with evidences of a civilization more or less answering to the descriptions of the Iliad, and which would correspond with other probable finds at Mycenae, Ithaca, and elsewhere.
As the book casts its inexorable spell, Hissarlik
gradually becomes a place, like (Ackroyd's) London, where gods and men, supernatural and natural, meet, however briefly.
Then in the 1870s, the German archaeologist Heinrich Schlie- mann discovered the ruins of a series of ancient cities, dating from the Bronze Age to the Roman period, while excavating a hill at Hissarlik
, in north-western Turkey.
We should not emulate Heinrich Schliemann ploughing headlong through the mound of Hissarlik
in pursuit of Priam's Troy.
He gave his reasons for accepting Hissarlik
as the site of Troy.
On the last day but one of his 1873 season, Heinrich Schliemann found at Hissarlik
, the mound in west Turkey he had identified as the Troy of Homeric tales, the gold hoard he called 'Priam's Treasure'.