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THE GOLD FROM TROY AND LAND OF THE GOLDEN FLEECE : SCYTHIAN GOLD LOUISE SCHOFIELD Thursday 25 October 2018

We normally provide a summary of the month’s lecture to guide any Member wondering whether to come along.  Unfortunately there is no synopsis available for our October lecture – ‘The gold from Troy and the Land of the Golden Fleece’.

However our lecturer – Louise Schofield – has given us some great talks in the recent past, so we know we are in for another excellent session.  And casting around on the internet I came across this intriguing excerpt from a TV broadcast made by Louise in 2004:

“There’s a great will to believe that there was a Trojan war and it was for the love of a beautiful woman.  But if the independent Mycenaean kingdoms were to band together to undertake an expedition to Troy they're not going to be doing it for honour or for the love of a beautiful woman. They’re going to be doing it because they want something, and what they’re going to want over there really is access to wealth.”

So bang goes another schoolboy myth – Helen’s wasn’t the face that launched a thousand ships, it was avarice that set off the whole Trojan thing.  So much for Homer’s account – our Louise has given us a much more convincing rationale. 

Come to October’s lecture and learn more shocking truths about the golden past.

Louise Schofield was for 13 years Curator of Greek Bronze Age and Geometric Antiquities at the British Museum, and was responsible for the Mycenaean collection. She has also worked on international archaeological projects, principally in Turkey, Albania and Greece, and now spends some time living in a tent in a small village in Ethiopia, running an archaeological, conservation and development project. She has lectured for a number of universities and institutions, including Florida State University, Christie's Education, and Swan Hellenic Cruises, and recently published The Mycenaeans (The British Museum and the Getty Museum).