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Greek Bronze Age Trojan War Sword 1200 BC

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Greek Bronze Age Trojan War Sword 1200 BC

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Date: December 01, 2007 11:57AM

The Bronze Age period in Greece was a time of great heroism according to Greek legend. Since time immemorial the Greek nation had two important literary works passed down, attesting to this - the Odyssey and the Iliad. Both scholarary works talked about a great battle with a neighbouring country called Troy - the Greek nation eventually emerging victorious and destroying Troy. For many years the world was not sure whether these written works of art were based on fact, or were pure mythology. The puzzle was solved in 1870 when the amateur German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann excavated the site of Troy in Hisarlik in Turkey, with the help of the English archaeologist Frank Calvert. Schliemann, in finding Troy had fulfilled a life-long ambition that had been instilled in him as a child by his father who had read the Iliad to him. But in order to eventually fulfil his life-long ambition, he had to become a successful businessman, so as to be in a position to fund his own excavations and fulfil this childhood ambition.
Overall length: 16 3/8 inches.
Width of blade 1 3/4 inches.
The elegant handle appears to have been cast as a single unit with the blade.
Restored professionally having been fractured at the base of the blade in antiquity.
I suspect that a similar sword would have killed numerous Trojans, as well as the Greek heroes of the day, such as Patroclos.

Price: $3,000.00