Adventures of Odysses: King of Ithaca, The Gates of Troy, The Armour of Achilles & The Oracles of Troy by Glyn Iliffe
Recommended for: Ancient Greece, ancient gods, mythology & ancient warfare
I am really on a Greek myth binge at the moment. I’d been looking into getting my head around the Iliad and the Odyssey for some time when I stumbled across this series. I own both the Iliad and Odyssey works but have yet to read them. The language is hard going and the Iliad only actually covers 7 weeks of the whole 10 year war whereas the Odyssey covers Odysseus’ long haul home after the war (ANOTHER 10 years).
Rome, you were cool and all but you nicked so much from the Greeks and your names for the Gods are totally pants. Zeus > Jupiter any day.
Glyn has taken the myths, legends and poems from ancient Greece – soaked them in blood, sweat, betrayal and wine – and released a series of books which are definitely one of my favourites.
The books carefully stitch together epic poems and lesser known works to give a digestible and accessible run through of the main events from Odysseus travelling to Sparta to compete for Helen’s hand in marriage to (currently) his final years at Troy and beyond.
The Oracles of Troy is the latest book (released Nov 2013) which is currently only accessible as an e-book. If my timeline is right, it should start to cover the great wooden horse we know so well and I can’t wait to read it.