The tales of Troy and its heroes, Achilles and Hector, Paris and the famed beauty Helen have enthralled generation upon generation. But did these legendary characters really exist? Was there really a Trojan Horse or a siege of Troy? In this acclaimed series Michael Wood, vividly evoking the period, searches for the true history behind the myths and examines some of the most exciting discoveries in archaeology, Homer's Iliad serves as Michael Wood's guide to the past as he sifts through the archaeological, historical and literary evidence. He immerses himself in the excavation site of what is believed to be the city of Troy and examines the dramatic re-discovery of the so-called Jewels of Helen. He tells the story of the colourful characters — like Heinrich Schliemann, the obsessed "Father of Archaeology" or Sir Arthur Evans, physically and mentally exhausted by his digs — who have helped uncover the story. And, he follows the exciting developments that continue to yield new evidence about the historical city.
Michael Wood, John Chadwick, Peter Connolly, Colin Renfrew, Jerome Sperling, Michael Ventris