Schliemann's Excavations: An Archeological and Historical Study

Schliemann's Excavations: An Archeological and Historical Study

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Schliemann's Excavations: An Archeological and Historical Study

Schliemann's Excavations: An Archeological and Historical Study

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Dr. Henry Schliemann died while the following translation was passing through the press. So far as his work is concerned, Dr. Schuchhardt's pages, together with the Appendix describing last season's work at Hissarlik, now give a full and final history. No student of Hellenism call think without deep regret that this should be so; that there is no fresh discovery to be hoped for from the unwearying devotion and unstinted generosity of the famous merchant enthusiast. But the work which he has done is in no way dependent oil his individual life; it has been no less than the creation of prehistoric Greek archæology. Dr. Schliemann was essentially "epoch-making" in this branch of study, and it is not for epoch-making men to see the rounding off and completion of their task. That must be the labour of a generation at least. A man who can state to the world a completely new problem may be content to let the final solution of it wait for those that come after him.

An orderly arrangement of the immense amount of material which Schliemann accumulated is the first and essential condition of such a solution. How much it is needed can only be adequately felt by those who have attempted to make it for themselves from the various large and expensive volumes in which it is to be sought. Schliemann's excellent rule of publishing his results at once has one serious disadvantage. Either the whole material must be published twice over, as soon as further exploration and experience have brought new light to bear upon the first crude and imperfect conclusions; or the later deductions must be given separately, apart from a portion at least of the evidence oil which they are founded. It is this which makes it a task of serious labour to extract from two such volumes as . . .

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