The New Trojan Wars

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 017nobleman’s country estate? All Germany seems fascinated by […]

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 Odyssey’s Editorial Advisory Board. Formerly a professor of archaeology […]

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 culture. Had it not been for Pausanias […]


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Destinations: Punic Double Take
Romantic Greek temples overlook Phoenician homes at Selinunte, Sicily By Hershel Shanks
Ancient Life: A Stitch in Time
Going under the knife in ancient Rome
The Forum
What’s on readers’ minds? Sacrifice—from ancient Israelites to Nubian kings.
Briefly Noted
South of the border