Unearthing the Trojan War: The Life of Heinrich Schliemann
4.6 (38 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
4,726 students enrolled
Wishlisted Wishlist

Please confirm that you want to add Unearthing the Trojan War: The Life of Heinrich Schliemann to your Wishlist.

Add to Wishlist

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.
4.6 (38 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
4,726 students enrolled
Created by Gerald Franz
Last updated 1/2015
Price: Free
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I 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.
View Curriculum
  • 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.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is suitable for all persons, high school age and up.
Students Who Viewed This Course Also Viewed
Curriculum For This Course
12 Lectures
The Life and Adventures of Heinrich Schliemann
6 Lectures 01:12:21

This lecture will provide an overview of the course structure and content, and also provide an introduction to Homer, and especially his writing "The Iliad". The plot is summarized, and Homeric scholarship is examined, especially bringing out that most scholars used to believe Homer's Trojan War was a myth.

Introduction to the Course

This lecture will introduce the life and adventures of Heinrich Schliemann, from his birth and early childhood in northern Germany to his phenomenal success as an international merchant. In spite of all his financial success, Schliemann longed for something much more fulfilling. Then he will embrace Homer.

Success and Fortune, 1822-1868

Schliemann will come to the end of himself, but find a new beginning, thanks to two persons. This lecture will discuss how Schliemann returned to Homer, and how he married Sophia, a young Greek woman. In these years. He also set his sights upon Troy.

New Beginnings, 1868-1870

This lecture will describe how Heinrich Schliemann and his team of hired workers excavated the site of Hisarlik. Schliemann was convinced this was the location of ancient Troy. The results were spectacular, but there were other nagging questions that needed solving in future seasons of work there. Schliemann's work at Hisarlik embroiled him in controversy, as many archaeologists disagreed with his conclusions, and the Turkish authorities were angry that treasures and artifacts were secretly taken out of their country.

Digging for Troy at Hisarlik

This lecture will summarize Schliemann's work at Mycenae, Greece, in 1876 and 1877. Once again, the findings were spectacular, which increased his worldwide notoriety. The many rich treasures Schliemann found put a huge exclamation mark upon all of his work. Schliemann continued to write books and speak to various archaeological societies in Europe.

Digging at Mycenae: The Invaders of Troy

This lecture covers the last 12 years of Schliemann's life, from 1878 to 1890. His previous accomplishments at Hisarlik (Troy) and Mycenae will be what he is remembered for, but he still made important contributions in these years. He made more trips to Hisarlik and found more treasure there, and did important excavations at Tiryns. He wanted to dig in Crete, as he felt he knew where the palace of King Minos was located, but he could not secure a deal to purchase the land. He also decided what nation would receive the substantial treasure he owned from Troy, and in return for many honors, donated these to a museum there.

Last Years, 1878-1890
After Schliemann
4 Lectures 37:01

This lecture unveils the mystery concerning the existence and location of the Trojan treasures that Schliemann donated to Berlin. In the Second World War, Berlin was severely bombed, and many wondered if the treasures survived. They did indeed, but they were removed from Berlin to another country, where they still remain.

The Second Search for the Treasures from Troy

This lecture describes the contributions of archaeologists at Hisarlik after Schliemann, especially the work of Wilhelm Dorpfeld in the 19th century and Carl Blegen in the 20th century. Important discoveries were made in the layers of Troy, pointing to different layers than Schliemann indicated for the Mycenaean era.

Troy After Schliemann

This lecture will cover the most modern work on the site of Hisarlik (Troy), especially through the exciting work of Manfred Korfmann and his successor, Ernst Pernicka. Emerging technology in archaeology helped them to find what Schliemann look for in vain -- those outer walls of Troy!

Troy After Schliemann - Part 2

This lecture describes the work done at Mycenae after Schliemann, including another major grave circle found, and more other graves. Like at Troy, Schliemann's dating was off. The lecture also recommends two online programs for viewing Troy and Mycenae.

Mycenae After Schliemann
Homer and the Trojan War Revisited
2 Lectures 18:56

This lecture seeks to synthesize a lot of the evidence presented in this series, and state a plausible outline of events concerning the Trojan War. As well, the lecture revisits Homer, looking at the degree of historicity behind the stories he related in the Iliad and the Odyssey. Finally, there is a conclusion concerning Heinrich and Sophia Schliemann.

Putting the Pieces Together

Here is a 12 - question oral quiz. You may need to pause your player between questions if you need more time to think. Thanks!

Quiz! Oral Quiz of 12 Questions
About the Instructor
Gerald Franz
4.7 Average rating
419 Reviews
11,586 Students
9 Courses
Professor of history

Dr. Franz has been teaching history for 32 years in various colleges, and sometimes to high school students. He has written a number of historical dramas for his history students, and after one season's performance, he received a letter of commendation from former president George Bush, Sr. for making history alive to students today. He has also taken history students on a number of field trips to various important historical locations. He hopes to continue putting short history courses on Udemy in order to share his favorite historical events. He currently teaches many online history courses for various universities, along with various live classes in his area.

He has been married for over 33 years to Wendy, and they have a son and daughter, both adults. They also have a few cats and a big German Shepherd dog. In their spare time, they love to walk, jog, swim, and ride their bikes.