"Pure gold....One of the best books by this most versatile of writers."—Penelope Lively "Troy meant one thing only to the men gathered here, as it did to their commanders. Troy was a dream of wealth; and if the wind continued the dream would crumble." As the harsh wind holds the Greek...
Agamemnon: The son of King Atreus and Queen Aerope of Mycenae, the brother of Menelaus. When Helen, the wife of Menelaus, was abducted by Paris of Troy, Agamemnon commanded the united Greek armed forces in the ensuing Trojan War.
Clytemnestra: The wife of Agamemnon, king of the Ancient Greek kingdom of Mycenae or Argos. She was a femme fatale who murdered her husband, Agamemnon and the Trojan princess Cassandra, whom he had taken as war prize following the sack of Troy.
Iphigeneia: In Greek mythology, she is the daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra. Sacrificed by her father to the goddess Artemis. Her story was first told by Euripides, and has been retold in plays by Goethe and Racine.
Helen of Troy: Queen of Sparta and wife of Menelaus. The most beautiful woman in the world and cause of the Trojan War.
Paris: Trojan prince, brother of Hector. His stealing of Helen precipitated the Trojan War.
Diomedes: Greek hero of the Trojan War. King of Argos, he is regarded alongside Ajax as one of the best warriors of all the Greek warriors.
Zeus: In Greek mythology, Zeus is the "Father of Gods and men" who rules the Olympians of Mount Olympus as a father rules the family. He is the god of sky and thunder
Apollo: In Greek mythology, Apollo is the god of light and the sun, truth and prophecy, healing, plague, music, poetry, and more. Apollo is the son of Zeus and Leto, and has a twin sister, the chaste huntress Artemis.
Artemis: In Greek mythology, Artemis was often described as the daughter of Zeus and Leto, and the twin sister of Apollo. She was the Hellenic goddess of the hunt, wild animals, wilderness, childbirth, virginity and young girls, bringing and relieving disease in women; she often was depicted as a huntress carrying a bow and arrows.
Hecate: An ancient Greek goddess. She is variously associated with crossroads, entrance-ways, fire, light, the Moon, magic, witchcraft, knowledge of herbs and poisonous plants, necromancy, and sorcery. She has rulership over earth, sea and sky, as well as a more universal role as Saviour, Mother of Angels and the Cosmic World Soul.
Troy: Ancient and mythical city/state located on the northwest coast of present day Turkey. It is best known for being the setting of the Trojan War described in the Greek mythology and especially in the Iliad.
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