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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
Restored professionally having been fractured at the base of the blade in
I suspect that a similar sword would have killed numerous Trojans, as well as
the Greek heroes of the day, such as Patroclos.