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Black Ships Before Troy by Rosemary Sutcliff

Black Ships Before Troy (1993)

by Rosemary Sutcliff

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Excellent Iliad 101
Review of the paperback of Rosemary Sutcliff's (1920-1992) posthumous 1993 text-only original.

Newcomers to Homer's Iliad will likely be surprised to read that it begins with Achilles' quarrelling with Agamemnon and ends with Hector's funeral i.e. all sorts of iconic mythological fiction tropes such as the Achilles Heel and the Trojan Horse do not appear in it at all.

Rosemary Sutcliff combines all of the major sources from Greek Myths and the Aeniad with Homer's story to provide an excellent complete distillation of the Iliad story in a very readable young adult fiction edition here. It will hopefully be an excellent introduction that will encourage interested readers to further explore the original sources of a timeless epic of love and war. ( )
  alanteder | Nov 4, 2018 |
A poetic, accessible retelling of a brutal story. ( )
  sharonstern | Mar 5, 2017 |
So I love the story of the Trojan War, but not this particular adaptation. I felt like the author brushed over the truly meaningful and important scenes (Achilles' death) and spent a lot of time focusing on the less important parts of the story. There was no drama to it, and there is A LOT of drama going on in The Iliad. ( )
  GreenLightGirl | Feb 5, 2016 |
Homer's Iliad adapted for young readers. When Paris of Troy steals Helen away from her husband King Menelaus, Menelaus and his Greek allies declare war on Troy to get Helen back. The war lasts 9 years, with key heroes rising to the occasion before getting killed off. Then Odysseus comes up with the idea of building a wooden horse and hiding Greek soldiers in it and bringing it into Troy as an offering for the goddess Athene. Never knew "The Iliad" was so violent, what with characters being speared, dragged, poisoned, stabbed!
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
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In the high and far off days when men were heroes and walked with the gods, Peleus, king of the Myrmidons, took for his wife a sea nymph called Thetis, Thetis of the Silver Feet.
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The Story of the Iliad

Homer's epic poem, The Illiad, is one of the greatest adventure stories of all time. In it, the abduction of the legendary beauty, Helen of Troy, leads to a conflict in which even the gods and goddesses take sides and intervene. It is in the Trojan War that the most valiant heroes of the ancient world are pitted against one another. Here Hectore, Ajax, Achilles, and Odysseus meet their most formidable challenges and in some casas their tragic ends.

Rosemary Sutcliff makes such extraordinary stories as those of those Trojan horse, of Aphrodite and the golden apple, and of the fearsome warrior women Amazons, accessible to contemporary young people.

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Retells the story of the Trojan War, from the quarrel for the golden apple, and the flight of Helen with Paris, to the destruction of Troy.

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