Homer’s epic poems Iliad and Odyssey have captivated readers as works of imagination for thousands of years; but what of their true historical pertinence? In 1876, Heinrich Schliemann made claims that suggested a grave at Mycenae was the burial site of King Agamemnon and his family, thus proving the poems’ historical validity. However, his archaeological standpoint was biased, personal issues depreciated his work, and his evidence was not entirely without falsity. Based on this, Schliemann’s claims that the poems were established on historical truths are invalid as archaeological fact.
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