Unearthing the Trojan War: The Life of Heinrich Schliemann

Follow in the footsteps of the businessman-turned-archaeologist who brought the Mycenaean Age and Troy to life. – Free Course

What you’ll learn

  • By the end of this course, you will be able to describe in outline fashion the life and contributions of Heinrich Schliemann to history and archaeology.
  • In this course, you will understand the many arguments for the Trojan War in the late Bronze Age.
  • In this course, you will come to understand the historical accuracy behind much of what Homer wrote in the Iliad and the Odyssey.
  • In this course, you will learn about the major finds in the archaeological sites of Troy and Mycenae.


  • To take this course, persons need to have a computer and either speakers or headphones for the video segments. The final bibliography is in both Microsoft Word format and rich text format, which can be opened by all word processors.


This history course contains about 2 1/2 hours of video lectures that survey the life and adventures of Heinrich Schliemann, a 19th century archaeologist who unearthed the ancient city of Troy. The course will also cover his other exploits, including his archaeological work at Mycenae. The course will also look at the archaeological work done at Troy and Mycenae to the present time, which often confirmed the assertions of Schliemann, though sometimes corrected his dating. Also discussed at length is the work of Homer, it’s possible historical accuracy, and its influence upon Heinrich Schliemann. Last, this course will investigate whether the famous Trojan War actually took place in history.

Author(s): Gerald Franz

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