The War at Troy: What Homer Didn't Tell

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Saturday Review of Literature
[It] properly deserves a place on the shelf between the Iliad and the Odyssey, for it bridges the gap between them. Frederick Combellack's prose translation is the purest delight.
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Although it deals in part with the Trojan War, Homer's Iliad ends with Achilles still alive and Troy uncaptured; on the opposite end of the spectrum, his Odyssey begins with the Greeks leaving Troy. Since everyone in Homer's time was familiar with the story, the omission of the events in the middle caused no problem. However, as centuries passed and details faded, something was needed to fill the gap. And so, in the third century A.D. Quintus of Smyrna wrote his chronicle—a connected account of the events of the Trojan War occurring between the death of Hector and the departure of the Greeks—including such important incidents as the death of Achilles; the contest between Odysseus and Ajax for the armor of Achilles; the death of Paris; the wooden horse; and the capture and sack of Troy. This lively prose translation by Frederick M. Combellack includes notes & an introduction.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760700976
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/6/1996
  • Pages: 279
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 8.32 (h) x 1.03 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2006

    An Interesting Read

    The War at Troy is interesting to read. If you have read the Iliad, you must read this. This book starts right after Hector's death and ends at the sack of Troy. I believe that this book belongs between the Iliad and the Odyssey.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2000

    The War a Troy : the best retelling

    This book explains in beautiful detail the Trojan War giving more information on the characters involved in the story. The simple language of the book help the reader understand why the soldiers went to war and fought against the trojans. The book fleshed each of the characters out, making the reading and learning of the gods and warriors more intresting to the reader. The attention to detail makes you feel for each character whether he's greek or trojan. The story telling lets you have an incite into what the armies of both side felt. The duality of the book makes the reading more enjoyable, and makes you believe this is more than a cheesy episode of hercules.

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