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  • 1985-02-24T14:15:00-06:00 on BBC One
  • 60 mins
  • 6 hours, 0 mins
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Documentary

In Search of the Trojan War followed the successful formula established by his first historical detective series, In Search of the Dark Ages, and firmly established Michael Wood as the most personable of TV historians. Wood is not only a born TV presenter, he's got both the academic gravitas and the narrative skill to craft a compelling mystery from the archaeological, literary and mythological sources. Over six hour-long programs, Wood marshals the disparate strands of evidence to present as fully rounded a portrait as possible of both the historical and the legendary city of Troy, its central place in Western culture, and the Mycenaean Age itself. From Schliemann's initial cavalier bulldozing of the mound at Hisarlik, to Homer's epics, the Hittite Empire, and the role of slave women, Wood journeys back and forth across the Aegean and elsewhere, from a pre-unification Berlin to Liverpool, to illuminate the dawn of Western literature, myth, and history. Did the Trojan war ever happen, or was the city destroyed by natural causes? Wood doesn't claim to find a definitive answer, of course, but for the viewer it's rewarding enough simply to accompany him on this fascinating journey.

6 episodes

1x01 The Age of Heroes

  • Series Premiere

    1985-02-24T14:15:00-06:00 — 60 mins

Michael Wood traces Heinrich Schliemann's search for the site of Troy.

1x02 The Legend under Siege

  • 1985-03-03T14:15:00-06:00 — 60 mins

Michael Wood traces the developments in archaeological techniques that unraveled the truth from the legend of the Trojan War.

1x03 The Singer of Tales

  • 1985-03-10T14:15:00-06:00 — 60 mins

Michael Wood continues his search to discover whether Homer's story of Trojan War is a myth by studying modern bardic traditions then visiting the sites of the Trojan War and comparing Homer's descriptions with archaeological finds.

1x04 The Woman of Troy

  • 1985-03-17T14:15:00-06:00 — 60 mins

Michael Wood in his search for the reality of the Trojan War looks at the reality behind Helen and Mycenae's wealth and offers an explanation of the Wooden Horse.

1x05 Empire of the Hittites

  • 1985-03-24T14:15:00-06:00 — 60 mins

Michael Wood in his search for the reality of the Trojan War looks at how the war would have been viewed by Agamemnon's neighbours through the records of the Hittite Emperors.

1x06 The Fall of Troy

  • 1985-03-31T13:15:00-06:00 — 60 mins

Michael Wood searches for the reality of the Trojan War. Homer says the Greek Heroes returned from Troy to an era of death and destruction. Dramatic finds from the late Bronze Age chart the decline and fall of empires all over the Aegean.