The Story of the Iliad: A Dramatic Retelling Of Homer's Epic And The Last Days Of Troy

Category: Book
By (author): Armitage, Simon
Subject:  DRAMA / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
  PERFORMING ARTS / Screenplays
  POETRY / Ancient & Classical
Publisher: WW Norton
Published: February 2015
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 112
Size: 8.23in x 5.50in x 0.39in
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From The Publisher*Following his highly acclaimed dramatization of the Odyssey, Simon Armitage here takes on the fate of Troy, bringing Homer's Iliad to life with refreshing imaginative vision. In the final days of the Trojan War, the Trojans and the Greeks are caught in a bitter stalemate. Exhausted and desperate after ten years of warfare, gods and men battle among themselves for the glory of recognition and a hand in victory. Cleverly intertwining the Iliad and the Aeneid, Armitage poetically narrates the tale of Troy to its dire end, evoking a world plagued by deceit, conflict, and a deadly predilection for pride and envy. As with the Odyssey, Armitage reveals the echoes of ancient myth in our contemporary war-torn landscape, and reinvigorates the classic epics with adventure, passion, and, surprisingly, Shakespearean wit.

Praise for The Odyssey: A Dramatic Retelling of Homer's Epic:

"So superb. . . . Armitage 's love of the Greek epic is evident in almost every line."-New York Times
Biographical NoteSimon Armitage is an award-winning poet who has published ten volumes of poetry and translations of both Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and The Death of King Arthur. He is professor of poetry at the University of Sheffield, England.