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The Trojan War: Literature and Legends from the Bronze Age to the Present / Edition 1

The Trojan War: Literature and Legends from the Bronze Age to the Present / Edition 1

by Diane P. Thompson


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The city of Troy, lying at the edge of Asia Minor, and the story of its war against the Mycenaean Greeks has been captured and retold in a variety of ways from ancient times to the present day, Diane Thompson reveals how each period of history has remembered Troy and added its own gods, heroic deeds, romantic characters and foundation myths to reinvent the history and legend of the city for a new audience. She examines Troy and the Trojan War in the Bronze Age, through the epics of the Iliad and Odyssey , through Aeschylus' Agamemnon , Euripides' plays about Iphigenia and Virgil's Aeneid . The rest of the book considers the Trojan war reinvented in medieval stories and romantic tales, in Chaucer and Shakespeare, and in 20th-century film, novels, games and Internet sites, A fascinating history of an enduring myth.

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ISBN-13: 9780786417377
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 01/06/2004
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Diane P. Thompson is professor emerita at Northern Virginia Community College. She has been a long-time scholar of Troy studies. She lives in Reston, Virginia.

Table of Contents

1.Bronze Age Mycenae and Troy: Archaeological Evidence13
2.Oral Poetry and the Troy Cycle25
3.Homer's Iliad: The War at Troy35
4.Homer's Odyssey: The Long Journey Home59
5.Aeschylus' Agamemnon: Dead Heroes and Wild Women--Controlling the Past88
6.Euripides' Two Iphigenia Plays: Human Sacrifice and Resolution100
7.Virgil's Aeneid: Roman Transformation of Homeric Myth112
8.Transmission of Troy Stories to the Middle Ages126
9.Love Redeems Eneas; Love Destroys Achilles: Troy as Romance138
10.Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde: The Christian Synthesis154
11.Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida: Human Beings Alone165
12.Improving Iphigenia: Racine and Goethe Modernize Evil178
13.The Firebrand and The Gate to Women's Country: Women Revise the Trojan Past189
14.The Tradition Continues: Troy in the Twentieth Century and Beyond202
Works Cited221

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