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In search of Troy : one man's quest for Homer's fabled city
Caselli, Giovanni, 1939-
Personal Author:
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : P. Bedrick Books, 1999.
Physical Description:
44 pages : illustrations (some color), color map ; 29 cm
Discusses the efforts of Heinrich Schliemann to uncover the ancient city of Troy and what his archeological finds revealed about life in this legendary location.
General Note:
Includes index.
Reading Level:
1000 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC 6-8 6.6 4 Quiz: 22998 Guided reading level: NR.
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DF212.S4 C37 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This is the story of one man's determined quest to find Homer's fabled city of Troy. In 1873, Heinrich Schliemann discovered the legendary city of Troy. He unearthed temples, palaces, and great stores of treasure, as well as the homes of ordinary people, and discovered much that matched Homer's descriptions. This book chronicles one man's quest and its success. It recreates the everyday life of the Trojan people, and adds color and depth to a reding of Homer's Iliad.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-7. From the In Search Of series comes this highly readable book about archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann's quest to find the city of Troy, written about in Homer's Iliad. Each two-page spread takes on one topic: young Heinrich's dream, the first digs, the discovery of Troy and King Priam's place, and life in Troy--farming, crafts, religion, and so on. Each spread features a well-written paragraph or two on the topic, supported by nicely drawn artwork, with captions giving extra information. The oversize format is familiar, but it looks better here than it does in many other series books, primarily because of better art and the absence of intrusive sidebars. A helpful chronology, a glossary, and a list of the heroes and heroines of Troy are appended. See the Series Roundup, this issue, for In Search of Tutankhamun. --Ilene Cooper

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-5-These two titles are attractively illustrated and thoughtfully arranged. Each book features the now-standard two-page layout with short "main" text and multiple illustrations with explanatory captions, some of which are almost as long as the central text. Troy moves from Heinrich Schliemann's fascination with Homer, to his determination to find the site of Troy, to its discovery and excavation, and finally to an investigation of life in the ancient city and the Greek legends connected with it. Tutankhamun follows Howard Carter's discovery of the tomb of the "boy-king," as well as the wealth of material found there, and then surveys Tut's life. In texts so short, there are almost bound to be oversimplifications. Troy assumes that the connection between Greek myth and history is more firmly settled than it is, referring, for example, to the treasure, city and palace of King Priam as though there were no doubt of such identifications. Only later are readers told that Priam's existence has not been established. Tut accepts Akhenaten's paternity as a given-though it is not. Even so, the titles are generally solid and are impressively illustrated. The layout for the chapter "Tutankhamun's Tomb" is especially good, depicting the plan of the tomb, a cut-through illustration of the jumbled contents, and a "flattened" sketching of the wall paintings in the burial chamber. While not essential purchases, these offerings will be welcome where more material on ancient history is needed.-Coop Renner, Moreno Elementary School, El Paso, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.