A bold reimagining of our civilization’s greatest tale of war, by the author of the acclaimed best seller Silk . Alessandro Baricco re-creates the siege of Troy through the voices of twenty-one Homeric characters in the narrative idiom of our modern imagination. Sacrificing none of Homer’s...
Hector: In Greek mythology, Hector, was a Trojan prince and the greatest fighter for Troy in the Trojan War.
Paris: Trojan prince, brother of Hector. His stealing of Helen precipitated the Trojan War.
Achilles: Leading Greek hero the Trojan War. He was killed in the last days of the siege of Troy by an arrow wound in his only vulnerable spot, his heel. Hence the expression ‘Achilles heel’ for a point of vulnerability in a person or plan.
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.
Helen of Troy: The wife of Menelaus. The most beautiful woman in all of the known world.
Agamemnon: In Greek mythology, he was 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.
Cassandra: In Greek mythology, Cassandra was the daughter of King Priam and Queen Hecuba of Troy. Her beauty caused Apollo to grant her the gift of prophecy. When she did not return his love, Apollo placed a curse on her so that no one would ever believe her predictions. She is a figure both of the epic tradition and of tragedy, where her combination of deep understanding and powerlessness exemplify the ironic condition of humankind.
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.
Priam: King of Troy. Husband of Hecuba and father of Hector, Paris and Cassandra.
Nestor: In Greek mythology, he is the old king of Pylos. He became king after Heracles killed the previous king. He fought on the side of the Achaeans in the Trojan War. Though Nestor was already very old when the war began, he was noted for his bravery and speaking abilities.
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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