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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780618154289
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 10/29/2001
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 189,527
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.68(d)
Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

About 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.

Table of Contents

A Table of the Chief Charactersvii
1.The Golden Apple3
3.The Madness of Odysseus16
4.The Discovery of Achilles22
1.The Trojan Princes35
2.The Foremost Man43
3.The Host Musters50
4.Troilus and Cressida58
5.The Time of Discouragement68
III.The Wrath of Achilles
1.The Quarrel75
2.The Combat80
3.Hector and Andromache86
4.A Night Adventure90
5.The Death of Patroclus101
6.The Death of Hector108
7.Funeral Games119
8.The Ransom125
IV.The Close of the War
1.The Queen of the Amazons133
2.The Last Fight of Achilles139
3.The Armor of Achilles146
5.The Bow of Heracles161
7.The Taking of the Palladium175
V.The Fall of Troy
1.The Trojan Horse187
2.The Sack of Troy194
3.The Women201
VI.The Return of the Heroes
1.Agamemnon's Death211
2.The Adventures of Menelaus219
3.Nestor at Home228
4.In The House of the Swineherd236
5.The Bow is Bent242
A List of Characters and Places254

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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

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Trojan War 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Hamburgerclan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Trojan War is one of the great tales of Western culture. If you don't know even the bare bones of it, you are really missing an important bit of cultural literacy. Of course, like many of our ancient stories, we never get to encounter the originals, but rather hear someone's retellings. Well, this isn't anything like an original. Because, really, in addition to "The Illiad", there's been all sorts of tales tied in with the Trojan War. So Ms. Coolidge has taken it upon herself to try and blend all these tales into a single narrative. In my opinion, she's done a pretty good job of it. "The Trojan War" is a 251 page book that tells the tale of the War from the judgment of Paris to the return of Odysseus. I'm tempted to keep this one, but in the end, I can only recommend (highly) that you check it out. The bottom line is that as famous as the story is, the Greek heroes are a bunch of arrogant jerks.--J.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!