The Trojan War

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In this retelling of the Trojan War, Olivia Coolidge crafts heroes and gods into real, multidimensional characters, not just the figures of legend. Vibrant storytelling and finely wrought action have made her version of the classic tale of the Fall of Troy accessible to generations of young readers.

Retells legends of the heroes of the Trojan War, which began with Paris of Troy's abduction of Helen, wife of Menelaus, lord of ...

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Overview

In this retelling of the Trojan War, Olivia Coolidge crafts heroes and gods into real, multidimensional characters, not just the figures of legend. Vibrant storytelling and finely wrought action have made her version of the classic tale of the Fall of Troy accessible to generations of young readers.

Retells legends of the heroes of the Trojan War, which began with Paris of Troy's abduction of Helen, wife of Menelaus, lord of Greece.

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"Sequel to the author’s Greek Myths, this is written in the same lucid, simple, yet powerful prose." School Library Journal, Starred

"Here for today’s readers is one of the world’s great stories." Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal
Sequel to the author's Greek Myths, this is written in the same lucid, simple, yet powerful prose.
Children's Literature
Olivia Coolidge retells the well-known story of the Trojan War here in elaborate detail that enables the reader to understand the myth more fully. The myth of the Trojan War, one of love and power, centers on Helen, running away with the beautiful Trojan, Paris, back to the city of Troy. The book delves into the adventures that take place in the war once the Greeks attack Troy. Achilles, the swiftest of all fighters, becomes the focal point of the book and his adventures—the most prominent in the story—will draw the most attention from the reader. Coolidge also includes the legends of Odysseus, Agamemmon, and other well-known heroes of Greek Mythology. Young adults will find that the book's clear and vivid imagery makes it accessible. They will also enjoy the in-depth characters that create an entertaining and fulfilling read. 2001 (orig. 1952), Houghton Mifflin Company, Ages 10 to 18.
—Jamie Colwell
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618154289
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/29/2001
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 135,324
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Olivia Coolidge was born in London, England, in 1908. She received her education at Somerville College, Oxford University, where her main subjects included Latin, Greek, and philosophy. These studies helped her earn her place in the pantheon on children's literature through her mythological retellings demonstrating careful research and the adriot capacity to bring the past to life.

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Table of Contents

A Table of the Chief Characters vii
Introduction ix
I. Prologue
1. The Golden Apple 3
2. Helen 12
3. The Madness of Odysseus 16
4. The Discovery of Achilles 22
5. Iphigenia 26
II. Opening
1. The Trojan Princes 35
2. The Foremost Man 43
3. The Host Musters 50
4. Troilus and Cressida 58
5. The Time of Discouragement 68
III. The Wrath of Achilles
1. The Quarrel 75
2. The Combat 80
3. Hector and Andromache 86
4. A Night Adventure 90
5. The Death of Patroclus 101
6. The Death of Hector 108
7. Funeral Games 119
8. The Ransom 125
IV. The Close of the War
1. The Queen of the Amazons 133
2. The Last Fight of Achilles 139
3. The Armor of Achilles 146
4. Pyrrhus 156
5. The Bow of Heracles 161
6. Oenone 169
7. The Taking of the Palladium 175
V. The Fall of Troy
1. The Trojan Horse 187
2. The Sack of Troy 194
3. The Women 201
VI. The Return of the Heroes
1. Agamemnon's Death 211
2. The Adventures of Menelaus 219
3. Nestor at Home 228
4. In The House of the Swineherd 236
5. The Bow is Bent 242
A List of Characters and Places 254
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2005

    the trojan bore

    I have read the reviews that are above mine and i mean come on the book has a character list that is SEVEN WHOLE PAGES LONG. The characters that apper die seven minutes later. if you read this book you will be able to put it down with such ease it is scary. If you do read prepare to want your money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2005

    Long and not intriguing

    I definately disliked this book. I hated this book from start to finish!!!! The characters were left undeveloped and the plot was incomplete. New characters were constantly being added, creating a sense of incompletion. I would recommend this book to few people.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2003

    Homer would've been proud

    This wonderful re-telling of Homer's poem, The Iliad is hard to put down. From the golden apple to the fall of Troy, The Trojan War is explained in great detail while keeping the reader interested. I recommend it to all who enjoy History and Mythology as much as I do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2002

    This book is awesome

    I love this book. It is written passionately. It goes beyond the scope of the Illiad by explaining what happens to the characters after the war. One of the greatest mythological books ever!

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