The German Heinrich Schliemann, one of the pioneers of archeology, is known to have been in the seventies of ‘800 the discoverer of the mythical Troy and the treasure of Priam, until then considered literary figures and creatures of fantasy. It was, however, above all, the first true scientific communicator, as stated by the archaeologist Massimo Cultraro, first researcher at the Institute for Archaeological Heritage of the National Research Council of Catania and the author of the book “The last dream of the discoverer of Troy – Heinrich Schliemann and Italy (1858 – 1890)”, which will be presented at the MArRC on Thursday, January 10th, at 5.30 pm, in the Conference Room.
Together with the author will speak: the director of MArRC Carmelo Malacrino and the consul of the Reggio Calabria Touring Club Domenico Cappellano.
The book investigates Schliemann’s network of relationships with Italy, particularly in the years that follow the Unity. “Although famous for his discoveries in Greece and Turkey, he was not just an explorer. Before publishing his work in scientific journals, he was interested in making them known to a wide audience. He was aware that spreading his findings would buy him credit by the academic community, thanks to the fact that he was not a professional archaeologist and because of his experience as a journalist”, Cultraro explains. “In the course of his travels Schliemann presents an interesting insight into the Peninsula and Sicily at that time, with the look of the anthropologist”.