A book for children and young adults that makes the Trojan War vivid and accessible. The ancient city of Troy really existed. The Trojan War that figures in Homer’s two great epic poems, The Iliad and The Odyssey, really happened. But there is much more to it.
Leave it to one of the English language’s greatest practitioners, Robert Graves, to flesh out the story in a very short book for children, first published in 1962, and out of print for more than three decades.
Two-thirds of Graves’s account originates with ancient Greek and Latin authors other than Homer, in fact. The ancient city of Troy was sacked sometime early in the 12th century BC; The Iliad and The Odyssey were composed some four or five centuries later. They followed earlier accounts and drew from them. Mostly, the various accounts agree with one another, and since most were originally performed at royal courts, the exploits of the royal-born feature in them all.
Graves’s style is sleek and to the point. The speech of the protagonists is direct and kids will relate to it. The story is told with verve and clarity. Since this is one of the greatest stories of all time, it doesn’t need dressing up. The new Seven Stories edition will be elegantly designed and produced, an heirloom for future generations.