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Has the Trojan War been found?

  • Donald Easton

When BBC2 proposed to run a series of six programmes in the Spring of this year, ‘In search of the Trojan War’, with Michael Wood in the leading role as both writer and presenter, we thought it would be a worthwhile novelty, for us, to review the TV series. Then there arrived Michael Wood's book with the same title (London: BBC, 1985. 272 pp., many unnumbered plates and figs. £10.95 hardback); so we asked Donald Easton, known to our readers mainly for his contributions on Troy and Schliemann, to look at the series over six weeks, read the book, and give us his considered judgement on Wood's claim for the historicity of the Trojan War. Mr Easton, whose interests lie mainly in the history, archaeology and languages of pre-classical Anatolia, at present holds a Research Fellowship at Clare Hall, Cambridge.

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