The hero Schliemann : the dreamer who dug for Troy

by Schlitz, Laura Amy,

Format: Print Book 2006
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CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Biography j DF212.S4 S35 2006
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Jefferson Hills Public Library Juv Biography J 92 SCH
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Archaeologist? Mythmaker? Crook? This engaging, illustrated biography of Heinrich Schliemann -- a nineteenth-century romantic who most believe did find the ancient city of Troy -- reveals him to be a fascinating mixture of all three.

From the time Heinrich Schliemann was a boy -- or so he said -- he knew he was destined to dig for lost cities and find buried treasure. And if Schliemann had his way, history books would honor him to this day as one of the greatest archaeologists who ever lived. But a little digging into the life of Schliemann himself reveals that this nineteenth-century self-made man had a funny habit of taking liberties with the truth. Like the famous character of his hero, the poet Homer, Schliemann was a crafty fellow and an inventor of stories, a traveler who had been shipwrecked and stranded and somehow survived. And Heinrich Schliemann was determined to become a legend like Homer -- but in his own time.

Following this larger-than-life character from his poor childhood in Germany to his achievement of wealth as a merchant in Russia, from his first haphazard dig for the city of Ilium to his final years living in a pseudo "Palace of Troy," this engrossing tale paints a portrait of contradictions -- a man at once stingy and lavishly generous, a scholar both shrewd and reckless, a speaker of twenty-two languages and a health fanatic addicted to cold sea baths. Laura Amy Schlitz weaves historical facts among Schliemann's fanciful recollections, while Robert Byrd's illustrations evoke his life and times in wonderful detail. Along the way, The Hero Schliemann gives young readers food for discussion about how history sometimes comes to be written -- and how it sometimes needs to be changed.
Back matter includes source notes and a bibliography.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 4-6. In this slim biography, Schlitz introduces Heinrich Schliemann, a nineteenth-century storyteller, archaeologist, and crook, who led a search for the lost cities of Homer's epic poems. In a colorful narrative, Schlitz follows her subject from his unhappy German childhood and successes as an international merchant to his middle-aged passion for archaeology and antiquities, which was not unusual for a man of his time. The author is frank about Schliemann's unreliability, noting that he lied in his diary and that it's hard to know what really happened and what he made up. The appended source notes only reference direct quotes, but Schlitz separates fact from Schliemann's lies in many instances, and the difference between the two may spark interesting class discussions about how history is made and slanted over time. Aspiring archaeologists will also be drawn by discussion of field techniques in the days before radiocarbon dating. Byrd's detailed drawings extend the dramatic story. --Gillian Engberg Copyright 2006 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Schliemann, Heinrich, -- 1822-1890 -- Juvenile literature.
Schliemann, Heinrich, -- 1822-1890.
Archaeologists -- Germany -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Excavations (Archaeology) -- Greece -- History -- 19th century -- Juvenile literature.
Excavations (Archaeology) -- Turkey -- Troy (Extinct city) -- Juvenile literature.
Archaeologists -- Germany.
Excavations (Archaeology) -- Greece -- History -- 19th century.
Excavations (Archaeology) -- Turkey -- Troy (Extinct city)
Mycenae (Extinct city) -- Juvenile literature.
Troy (Extinct city) -- Juvenile literature.
Greece -- Civilization -- To 146 B.C. -- Juvenile literature.
Mycenae (Extinct city)
Troy (Extinct city)
Greece -- Civilization -- To 146 B.C.
Publisher Cambridge, Mass. :Candlewick Press,2006
Contributors Byrd, Robert, illustrator.
Language English
Description 72 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 0763622834 (reinforced)
9780763622831 (reinforced)
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