Prof. Dr. Dieter Hertel
During his fellowship Dieter Hertel investigated ancient Troy in collaboration with the Archäologisches Institut der Universität zu Köln, the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut in Berlin und the Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte in Berlin:
 The research focused on the archaeology and history of Troy in the Late Bronze Age and Classical Antiquity, particularly to the end of the settlement phases Troy VI, VII a and VII b, to the date and circumstances of the foundation of Greek Troy (= Ilion), the so-called Troy VIII, and to its growth, in addition to the role of the Trojan myth in the form of the Greek, Hellenistic and Roman town and the surrounding region, that means to the creation of an eminent mythical or heroic space. The studies during his activities in “Topoi” concentrated on the foundation of Ilion by Greeks since 1000 B.C., the development of the legend of the Trojan War by the early Greek poets, the interpretation and presentation of ancient looking remains and monuments as evidence for the myth, then in the Hellenistic and Roman epochs the erection of memorial buildings, which integrated the alleged remains and monuments of the myth, and the enlargements and modernized appearences of Ilion; by all that  the Hellenistic and Roman periods created new identities. Then the importance of Ilion in the posthomeric-archaic epoch, finally the history of the search for Troy and of the excavations on the findspot “Hisarlık” and the role of Troy and the Trojan myth in Turkish history and ideology where investigated.