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.
Driving the book is Heinrich Obermann, Ackroyd's stand-in for Heinrich Schliemann (1822-90), discoverer of Mycenae, Tiryns, and the "Treasure of Priam" at Hissarlik
in eastern Turkey.
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." DIANE SCHARPER
Excavating at Hissarlik
he discovered the legendary city of Paris and Hector as well as a huge trove of jewellery and gold which had lain hidden there for thousands of years.
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.
Heinrich Schliemann discovered what he thought was Troy near current day Turkish Hissarlik
We should not emulate Heinrich Schliemann ploughing headlong through the mound of Hissarlik
in pursuit of Priam's Troy.
Meanwhile in Homeric Synchronium he described Schliemann's excavations at Hissarlik
: the burnt-out town in the fourth layer down and the remains of successive later towns in the three layers above.