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The Gold of Troy: Searching for Homer's Fabled City Hardcover – May 7, 1996


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd (May 7, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500017174
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500017173
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,940,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of the greatest mysteries of the worlds of art and archeology was the whereabouts of the Trojan treasures uncovered by Heinrich Schliemann during the 19th century. Presumed to be lost or destroyed, they turned up in Russia, and in April 1996, went on public exhibit at the Pushkin Museum in Moscow. "We have waited for this exhibition for a long time--too long," writes Irina Antonova, director of the Pushkin Museum in the preface to The Gold of Troy, the catalog for the exhibit. "Undoubtedly it should have been shown many years ago." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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When Heinrich Schleimann excavated the site of ancient Troy, he discovered a treasure trove. Convinced that he had found the Troy of Helen and Priam, he named the treasure "Priam's Gold" and eventually gave it to the city of Berlin. At the end of World War II the gold disappeared, and it was assumed in the West that Russian troops had looted it. Most of the art treasures taken by Russian troops at the end of the war eventually turned up back in East German museums, but Priam's Gold was lost until 1994, when the Pushkin Museum admitted that it had been storing the gold in its basement since the end of the war (some of the items still had their German tags attached). This resulting catalog for the collection's first world tour (Greece, Turkey, and the United Kingdom) presents clear photographs of all 259 items in the Pushkin's holdings. Clear and concise essays by Pushkin curators Tolstikov and Treister put Schleimann, his work, and the artifacts into historical perspective. The pictures are pretty, but the text will be of greatest interest to scholars who have had no access to this historical collection for over 50 years. This is an important book for all art and archaeology collections.?Mary Morgan Smith, Northland P.L., Pittsburgh
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Scott Chamberlain VINE VOICE on February 6, 2002
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I think an earlier review was somewhat mistaken... this is essentially an exhibit catalog of one of the most famous treasure hoards around. The treasure created an international sensation when it was found at the ruins of Troy. But the hoard vanished from Berlin at the end of WWII. It has been rediscovered in Russia, and is open to inspection at long last. The photography is first rate, and while some of the treasures aren't as spectacular as the finds from Tutankhamen's tomb, they have a romance all their own. Fascinating for all those who have been drawn to the story of the Trojan War.
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Excellent book concentrating on full color photographs of the Gold of Troy. Very detailed in that respect. It is best considered as a catalog of the exhibit of the treasure that was shown at the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow in 1996. If you are interested in the incredible artisan workmanship of this ancient treasure, this book is for you.
This is not an definitive description of Heinrich Schliemann or his story, although there is some text about him. The Schliemann biography books do not have these beautiful color photographs of the treasure.
The book is hardbound, printed on excellent heavy paper, and very high quality. There is another edition of the book with the same front cover but with a black background. It has slightly fewer pages. Both books were printed the in the 1996, within a few months of each other.
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This is my second copy of this great book. I was so inspired by the photos and history that I made a pilgimmage to Troy. I felt as if I were walking on hallowed ground. The pictures of the gold are incredible.If you like ancient history,Homer's Iliad and Odyssey as well as archaeology, then this book is indeed a treasure as well as a work of art. I highly recommend it.
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