Mystery Explored: Troy: Of Gods and Warriors
Expedition Dates: October 21 - November 6, 2005


Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey describe an epic story of the legendary Trojan war fought over the most beautiful woman in the world: Helen of Troy.  It is said her face launched a thousand ships.  But, did this 10-year war actually take place?  Was Achilles a true warrior?  Did Greek soldiers really hide in a giant wooden horse and overrun the Trojans to finally declare victory?  Setting out across the Aegean Sea with Homer’s works as his guide, I followed a trail of clues—up mountains, under the sea and aboard a chariot—to find the real story behind the Trojan War.  And I saw new research by author Robert Bittlestone, who believes he has unearthed proof of Odysseus’ kingdom in Greece.

Sponsoring Institution: The History Channel

Experts involved:
Dr. Cemal Pulak
Dr. Eleni Palaiologou
Dr. Vassiliki Pliatsika
Dr. Yasar Ersoy
Pinka Taratori
Prof. Stephen Tracy
Rear Admir. (Ret) Apostolos Kourits
Robert Bittlestone
Tufan Turanli
Yasar Yildiz

Locations Visited:
Athens, Greece
American School of Classical Studies, Greece
Volos, Greece
Napflio, Greece
Mycenae Museum, Greece
Kefalonia, Greece
Bodrum, Turkey
Bodrum Museum for Underwater Archaeology, Turkey
Çanakkale, Turkey



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