The Library provides in three books a grand summary of traditional Greek mythology and heroic legends. Written in clear and unaffected style, the compendium faithfully follows the Greek literary sources. It is thus an important record of Greek accounts of the origin and early history of the...
Cassandra: Princess of Troy. 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.
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.
Ulysses: Roman name of Odysseus. King of Ithaca and the hero of Homer’s epic poem the Odyssey. Husband of Penelope, and father of Telemachus. Odysseus is renowned for his guile and resourcefulness. He is most famous for the ten eventful years he took to return home after the ten-year Trojan War and his famous Trojan Horse trick during the Trojan War.
Penelope: Faithful wife of Ulysses who kept her suitors at bay until her husband returned.
Hector: In Greek mythology, Hector, was a Trojan prince and the greatest fighter for Troy in the Trojan War.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hephaestus: In Greek mythology, the Greek god of technology, blacksmiths, craftsmen, artisans, sculptors, metals, metallurgy, fire and volcanoes. Hephaestus' Roman equivalent was Vulcan. In Greek mythology, Hephaestus was the son of Zeus and Hera, the King and Queen of the Gods.
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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