Archaeology Odyssey, July/August 2002



The New Trojan Wars

By Rüdiger Heimlich

German scholars are locked in furious argument over a 3,000-year-old settlement. Was the mound at Hisarlik, in northwestern Anatolia, the site of a huge, prosperous, commercial city during the Late Bronze Age—even the site of Homer’s Troy? Or was it just a tiny backwater, perhaps a ...Read more ›

Greeks vs. Hittites

Why Troy is Troy and the Trojan War is real

All Germany is transfixed by the debate over the significance of Hisarlik/Troy (see “The New Trojan Wars”). Seeking safe passage through the maze of accusations, arguments and counter-arguments, we turned to one of the world’s most eminent archaeologists, Wolf-Dietrich Niemeier—who also serves on Archaeology...Read more ›

Lay That Ghost

Necromancy in Ancient Greece and Rome

By Daniel Ogden

Pausanias, regent of Sparta, was one of Greece’s greatest heroes. He led the Greek forces in the decisive defeat of the massive Persian invasion at Plataea in 479 B.C. It was this splendid victory that ushered in what has become known as the Classical Age of Greek...Read more ›


Field Notes

By Judith HarrisMichael H. SedgeRaymond Stock


Religion in Ancient Mesopotamia

Reviewed by Victor Hurowitz