While knowledgeable scholars and gentlemen jeered at the idea of excavating Troy, Heinrich Schliemann brought dedication, enthusiasm, conviction and his considerable fortune to the exploration. Intrigued in Homer's epic, Schliemann, an amateur archaeologist, spent the last decade of his life digging out the palace in his imagination. His hard work led to a great discovery.

  A cache of gold and other remains shining in dirt brought to light a lost city and civilization described in myths and legends. The publicity of such a great discovery backfired when the Turkish government sued Schliemann for a share of the gold. So, he had to "smuggle" the treasure out of Turkey in order to protect the items from corrupt local officials. Also, the groundbreaking finding brought Schliemann condemns from later archaeologists as having destroyed the main layers of the real Troy. However, Schliemann was permanently admirable for his passion and motivation for truth.