'It is irrelevant how many centuries may separate us from a bygone age. What matters is the importance of the past to our intellectual and spiritual existence.'
Ernst Curtius, speech in memory of Heinrich Schliemann, Berlin, 1 March 1891.
'I would as soon go in quest of Utopia, or of the Carib Island of Robinson Crusoe, and his Cabin; and I should return with equal emolument,' said the redoubtable Jacob Bryant of the search for Troy, which he thought never existed (1799). If I have returned from my own particular odyssey with any emolument at all, it is largely due to the many scholars and friends who have given me the benefit of their knowledge.
First, I would like to thank the friends who made the films which this book was written to accompany: Bill Lyons who produced and directed with great skill and Trojan stamina; Annette Steinhilber who was as always a tower of strength; Richard Ganniclifft, Dennis Cartwright and Alan Parker who were unfailing sources of support and good humour; Colin Adams, executive producer of the films this book accompanies, for his invaluable patience and advice during the making and editing of the series. Thanks too to David Jackson, Graham Veevers and Terry Bartlett, and to Pat Haggerty and Roy Newton who brought their special skills to bear on the editing. Mordo and Sevim Berker made everything possible in Turkey and were unstinting in their hospitality. Above all I have a special debt to my dear friend Maria Koumarianou-Powell: it would not have been possible to be with a more inspiring companion in Greece. Sheila Ableman edited the book unflappably, and Viv Brearley threaded her way most accurately through a labyrinth of manuscript: to both my grateful thanks.
My debts to professional scholars working in this field are unusually large. I would like to thank Profs George Huxley, Kevin O'Nolan, John Davies, Leonard Palmer, Oliver Gurney, Peter Warren, Colin Renfrew, James Hooker and Sir Moses Finley, Drs Oliver Dickenson, Chris Mee, Mervyn Popham, Nancy Sandars, David Hawkins, John Lazenby, Jim McQueen, John Killen, Livia Morgan, Brian Hainsworth, James Jackson, Lord William Taylour and General Sir John Hackett, all of whom were kind enough to give their time to discuss points with me. I am especially grateful to Prof. Geoffrey Kirk, Prof. R. H. Grassland and Dr John Chadwick for their help and advice, and to Drs John Bintliff, James Mellart, Donald Traill and Prof. Hans G
terbock who all allowed me to use their unpublished material. Lesley Fitton kindly located Calvert and Schliemann letters for me in the British Museum. Dr Ken Kitchen provided me with much inaccessible material, and with his typically enthusiastic encouragement, for which much thanks. Donald Easton was most generous in discussing the Troy problem with me in the light of his research into the Schliemann notebooks, and permitted me to use his unpublished material in the plans: all devotees will eagerly await the publication of his work. I would also like to thank James Candy for sharing his reminiscences of Sir Arthur Evans. It is a particularly pleasant duty to thank Sandy McGilivry, Sinclair Hood and William Taylor for a memorable evening at the 'taverna' at Knossos discussing the knotty problems of that marvellous site; in Greece too Profs Catherine Koumarianou, C. Doumas, and Spiro Jacovides, and Drs J. Sakellerakis and Alexandra Karetsou were most helpful, and to Prof. George Mylonas I owe an unforgettable day at Mycenae: so too Mikalis and the guards at Phaestos. I should particularly like to thank the German Schools at Athens and Istanbul for many kindnesses and especially Klaus Kilian at Tiryns who was unstintingly generous with his time and his material. In Athens Jerome Sperling shared his exciting reminiscences of the Cincinnati dig at Troy. In Turkey I am most grateful for their help to Profs