TROY: The Myth and Reality Behind the Epic Legend


TROY: The Myth and Reality Behind the Epic Legend

NICK MCCARTY    Book Number: 85297    Product format: Hardback

This beautifully illustrated retelling of the story of the Wrath of Achilles and the Trojan War is interwoven with an account of how the archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann fulfilled his life's dream by discovering the site of Troy at Hissarlik in Turkey in 1843, supported by his adoring and much younger wife, Sophia. Classical and old master artworks illustrate Homer's story. When the Greek King Agamemnon seizes Achilles' favourite concubine, the slave Briseis, to be his own girl, Achilles refuses to fight, and as a result Achilles' close friend Patroclus is killed by the Trojan hero Hector. Achilles vows revenge on Hector, and one of the most evocative illustrations in the book is a painting of Andromache, Hector's wife, beautiful and distraught, begging him to think of their young son Astyanax and stay at home. Following Hector's brutal slaughter by Achilles, the Greeks finally sack Troy using the subterfuge of the Wooden Horse dreamt up by Odysseus, and a painting by Jan Bruegel captures the scene of terror as Troy burns. There are numerous features on the world of the Trojans including a section on ships, a discussion of women's roles in the ancient world illustrated by an exquisite terracotta of a woman doing the washing, a list of artefacts in the Treasure of King Priam discovered by Schliemann, and a grainy photo of Sophia wearing the lavish gold jewellery found in the treasure. 9" x 11¼". 128pp, superbly illustrated in colour, quotes and fact features and colour maps.
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ISBN 9781787390911
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