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

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


By (author) Diane P. Thompson

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  • Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 229 pages
  • Dimensions: 175mm x 254mm x 18mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 2 August 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Jefferson, NC
  • ISBN 10: 0786472294
  • ISBN 13: 9780786472291
  • Edition: 2
  • Edition statement: 2nd edition
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, black & white tables, maps

Product description

The Trojan War occurred more than 3,000 years ago. Since then, starting with Homer's epics, people have been writing, painting, sculpting and creating music about this event and its participants. This book starts with an overview of the Bronze Age when the Trojan War occurred, and then follows a selection of the major literature about this war from Homer down through the ages and on to the Internet. Each retelling of the Troy story is discussed in its historical context and includes a synopsis of the story itself, because the ways of telling this story change over time. The main versions considered include: Homer's Iliad and Odyssey; a selection of Classical Greek Dramas (especially Iphigenia at Aulis); Virgil's Aeneid; Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde; Guido delle Colonne's History of the Destruction of Troy; Racine's Iphigenia (at Aulis) ; Goethe's Iphigenia in Tauris; Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida; Joyce's Ulysses; and two feminist Troy novels, Sheri Tepper's The Gate to Women's Country and Marion Zimmer Bradley's The Firebrand.

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Author information

English professor Diane P. Thompson has been a long-time scholar of Troy studies. She lives in Reston, Virginia.

Review quote

Reviews of the first edition: "a thorough treatment...recommended" - Library Journal "this survey is an excellent review of the use of an ancient story throughout literary history. It is very interesting to anyone who appreciates Homer and Virgil and could be useful in literature classes" - Catholic Library World "useful...well written...provides a useful synthesis...extensive and detailed...very enjoyable reading" - Bryn Mawr Classical Review