There probably is no definitive was to show these people existed as historical individuals. There may have been actual people who inspired the
stories and myths we associate with these figures, but I doubt we can point to an artifact and say that Achilles or any of them actually existed as a
The artifact is real and is from a shaft grave, but the timeframe is not what he thought it was. In fact, he dug through the Hellenistic Troy and
ended up in a much older layer when he discovered Troy.
That was in the infancy of modern archaeology, and his results leave a lot to be desired.
This was of much debate in a Greek Civ class I took this spring when it came to the debate whether that the Heroe's existed. In all reality, most
probably did, but they probably where not like what they where portrayed in Homer's works.
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