Black Ships Before Troy
Subtitled, ‘The Story of the Iliad,’ this volume presents Homer’s epic poem in modern adventure novel form. Author Rosemary Sutcliff recounts the classic Greek tale of the Trojan War, with each of the leading characters vividly on display. This award-winning work, featuring a collection of superb full-color illustrations, will surely stir the imagination of young readers everywhere. 128 pgs, hc. ~ Mike
Frances Lincoln is proud to reintroduce the Greenaway award-winning Black Ships Before Troy.
Here is Homer's epic poem The Iliad, brought to life by Rosemary Sutcliff with all the skill of a master storyteller. Alan Lee's dramatic cover image hauntingly recreates the age of heroes in this introduction to the Greek classics--a book that should become part of every childhood.
When Helen of Sparta, the wife of Menelaus, is stolen away by Paris, the Prince of Troy, Menelaus and his brother Agamemnon declare war against Troy. A war that has continued for ten years, Homer's epic poem, the Iliad, opens with a disagreement between the Greek military commander Agamemnon and his greatest warrior Achilles. When Achilles withdraws from the army following the argument, the Greeks soon suffer great loses. Achilles' close friend Patroclus devises a plan to help his struggling comrades, and the Greeks are able to regain ground but at the high cost of Patroclus's life. Enraged by this, Achilles seeks to avenge his friend's death, and in turn takes the lives of hundreds of Trojan soldiers and that of Patroclus's killer, Hector, the son of the King of Troy. The poem ends with the Trojan king Priam begging Achilles for his son's body. pb. ~ Enh