The Mask of Troy: A Novel (Jack Howard)

By David Gibbins

Here is the main explosive event but from the New York Times bestselling writer of Atlantis and The misplaced Tomb—a whiplash-inducing novel that sends marine archaeologist Jack Howard and his group on a treasure hunt . . . and a race opposed to time to prevent a terrifying threat.
Greece, 1876. popular archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann finds the tomb of mythical King Agamemnon and makes a miraculous discovery. decided to maintain it mystery till the time is true, he dies prior to it may be printed to the world.

Germany, 1945. The liberation of a focus camp unearths clues to the misplaced antiquities stolen through the Nazis. however the operation is roofed up after a terrible mystery surfaces.

Northern Aegean, today's. Jack Howard, head of the overseas Maritime collage, and his group detect the wreckage of the mythical Greek fleet from the Trojan conflict, sending shockwaves all over the world. however the greatest shock is but to return, for Jack is at the path not just of Agamemnon, yet of Schliemann’s precise discovery—and a secret so explosive that it results in the abduction of Jack’s daughter and a war of words with a brand new and evil foe.

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I’ve obtained a few extra for him with me. ” Dillen pulled an iPod from his pocket, clicked it, after which handed it to Rebecca. “That’s just a small fragment of it, yet you will see that the letters. They’re individually spaced, cautious, a bit awkward, as though the scribe isn't totally conversant in the symbols, at pains to get it correct. you notice the letter A? It’s sideways, toppled over. That’s what particularly excited me. It’s the Phoenician letter A, how it appeared within the earliest model of the alphabet followed by means of the Greeks. Archaeologists have came upon a number of potsherds from the Greek darkish Age scratched with letters like this, yet no different real script of Greek this early. ” “So what’s the date of the textual content? ” “The dactylic hexameter is Homeric in shape, and that makes it a minimum of 8th century BC. yet I’ve continually argued that the hexameter is way older than that, as previous because the early Bronze Age, from the time of the 1st epic bards. The bards endured to exploit it via to the sunrise of the classical period, while humans started to write it down. upload to that the Phoenician letters, and we will be anything particularly early. ” “Dad says you’ve continuously inspiration Homer used to be ahead of the 8th century. ” Dillen nodded. “I think there has been certainly a Homer who wrote down the Iliad and the Odyssey as we've got them. I say a Homer, no longer the Homer. I see Homer now not as one genius, yet as one in a line of talented poets—consistently, terribly gifted—who formed and transmitted the poems, a lineage which could have ended concerning the 8th century BC with the appearance of wider literacy and the death of the bardic culture, in order that these later poets who emulated Homer had none of that spark. I see the Homeric bards, the sooner ones, nearly as shamans or seers, might be as a kinfolk line, in all probability either women and men, with an inherited poetic genius nurtured from youth. there are many parallels within the bardic traditions of alternative cultures. ” “The Trojan warfare happened approximately 1200 BC,” Jeremy acknowledged, staring pensively on the arrows. “Civilization out right here pretty much collapses. Invaders sweep down from the north. It’s a gloomy age, a time of destruction and hopelessness remarkable in heritage. yet then small groups hidden away in mountain refuges start to rebuild. Iron know-how takes over. The survivors draw back from the edge, and the classical age dawns. So the place does this poem slot in to all that? ” Dillen spoke back quietly. “All of my intuition places this article no later than a thousand BC. it could actually also be a century prior. i will slightly think I’m suggesting it, yet this article might have been written through a bard who truly witnessed the autumn of Troy, who really observed these arrows being fired, who felt the warmth of that beacon hearth burning into the evening sky, above those very ramparts the place we're now. ” Rebecca whistled, then checked out the bronze arrowheads embedded within the trench, and on the solidified mass of ash. “That’s remarkable. heavily notable. ” “And that,” Jeremy introduced, “is additionally a triumph of textual scholarship, simply because our radiocarbon end result for the papyrus has simply come via.

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