Digging for Troy

Digging for Troy

By Jill Rubalcaba; Eric H. Cline; Sarah S. Brannen (Illustrator)

Charlesbridge Publishing, Hardcover, Abridged, 9781580893268, 80pp.

Publication Date: February 2011


The fall of Troy is a legend that has been passed down for thousands of generations. It is the tale of an epic war, brave heroes, meddling gods and goddesses, and the face that launched a thousand ships. Although some have questioned whether Troy was ever anything more than a legend, the Iliad has inspired many to go searching for proof of Troy’s existence.

Jill Rubalcaba and Eric H. Cline first offer an abridged version of the Iliad before delving into the many archaeological expeditions at Hisarlik, the modern-day site believed to have been ancient Troy. They recount everything from Heinrich Schliemann’s quest for glory and renown to Manfred Korfmann’s controversial picture of Troy as a political entity with Anatolian—not Aegean—ties. Whether the legend of Troy is fact or fiction remains up to the reader to decide.

About the Author
Jill Rubalcaba, author of A PLACE IN THE SUN, UNCEGILA'S SEVENTH SPOT, and ST. VITUS' DANCE, lives in Haddam, Connecticut.

Eric H. Cline is professor of classics and anthropology and director of the Capitol Archaeological Institute at George Washington University. An active archaeologist, he has excavated and surveyed in Greece, Crete, Cyprus, Egypt, Israel, and Jordan. His many books include "From Eden to Exile: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Bible" and "The Trojan War: A Very Short Introduction".

Sarah S. Brannen is the author and illustrator of Uncle Bobby's Wedding and Madame Martine. She has illustrated over a dozen books for children, including Feathers: Not Just For Flying, a Junior Library Guild selection. She lives in Massachusetts, but goes to Paris as often as possible.