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The Fall of Troy

The Fall of Troy

Paperback Myths and Legends (Osprey)

By (author) Si Sheppard, Illustrated by Rocio Espin Pinar

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  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 80 pages
  • Dimensions: 182mm x 246mm x 10mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 18 March 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 1472801288
  • ISBN 13: 9781472801289
  • Illustrations note: 25 MONO; 27 COL
  • Sales rank: 157,556

Product description

When Paris, prince of Troy, ran off with Helen, wife of the king of Sparta, it launched the greatest war of the mythic age of Greece. Heroes and gods assembled on both sides, as the combined armies of Greece launched a siege that would last for ten years. During that time, famous heroes, such as Achilles, Ajax, and Hector, would find glory on the battlefield, before being cut down. Others, such as Agamemnon, Odysseus, and Aeneas, would survive the war, only to face even greater challenges afterwards. Thanks to the Iliad of Homer, and numerous other ancient sources, the story of the siege of Troy has survived over 3,000 years. In this new book in the Myths and Legends series, Professor Si Sheppard draws together all of these ancient writings to tell the complete story of the Trojan war, from the flight of the "face that launched a thousand ships" to the great wooden horse that brought the city to bloody ruin.

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Author information

Si Sheppard graduated this year with a Ph.D. in political science from Johns Hopkins University. He currently teaches American Government at Long Island University in Brooklyn, New York. Rocio Espin Pinar is a Spanish illustrator born in Granada in 1979. She has worked as an illustrator for several independent publishers as well as the Junta de Andalucia. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in architecture.

Review quote

"Sheppard's engaging writing style brings the epic tale of the fall of mighty Troy and all its characters to life. This 80-page paperback is a concise but excellent overview of the fabled war that embroiled both immortal gods and all too mortal men."" --Toy Soldier and Model Figure"

Table of contents

Troy: Myth and Reality /The Thousand Ships /The Wrath of Achilles /The Death of Achilles /Endgame /Legacy