The tales of Troy and its heroes, Achilles and Hector, Paris and the famed Helen remain some of the most enduring figures in art and literature. But did these characters really exist? Was there ever an actual seige of Troy? In this revised edition Michael Wood takes account of the developments in the search for Troy. It details the rediscovery in Moscow of the so-called jewels of Helen and the re-excavation of the site of Troy, begun in 1988, which continues to wield new evidence about this historical city. Michael Wood has made a wide-ranging study of the complex archaeological, literary and historical records which make up the tale of Troy. He has visited all the key sites and his researches have led him to a new conclusion about the city.