This is a marvellous, superbly illustrated retelling of two great epics - "Homer's Iliad" and "Odyssey", following the fortunes of Odysseus, the craftiest of the Greek commanders. Interspersed with the story are pages of fascinating information about the true history of Troy, illustrated with photographs, maps, and Peter Connolly's unequalled reconstructions. Together, the two parts add up to more than the whole, and bring Homer's epics triumphantly to life. First published as "The Legend of Odysseus", this book, which won the T.E.S. Information Book Award, is now reissued with a new title.
Table of Contents
ALL BECAUSE OF A GIRL; The oath; The heroes assemble; A narrow escape; The quarrel; Empires in Chaos; Agamemnon's Citadel at Mycenae; Ships; DAYS OF DEATH; The duel; A battle with the gods; Ajax and Hector; Zeus intervenes; The battle for the ships; The Warrior: Helmets; The Warrior: Body Armour and Weapons; The Warrior: Other Armour, Shields and Chariots; Religion and Burial Rites; DAYS OF SORROW; Patroclus; Hector's last fight; A double disaster; The wooden horse; Troy: The Plain; Troy: The Excavations; Troy: The Siege; THE GREAT ADVENTURE; The return of the heroes; Penelope; A one-eyed giant; The valley of death; A whirlpool and a monster; The Voyages of Odysseus; Old Nestor's Palace at Pylos; THE HOMECOMING; Telemachus returns; Impending doom; Penelope offers a challenge; The final reckoning; Men, Women and Costume; Dating and Domestic life; Ithaca: The Home of Odysseus; The Trojan War: FACT OR FICTION?