Classical Myth: Troy

A tourist took this picture of the walls of Troy today, a reminder that we all go down in the end. Some power fades slowly, some quickly and with violence.

This is my last post on Barry Powell’s Classical Myth. In it he devotes several chapters to the Trojan War, including what came before and what came after. His chronological account is valuable because we know the story in bits and pieces from many sources. Powell quotes extensively from Homer, but also from Euripides, Aeschylus and Virgil. He gives us the modern interpreters: Tennyson, Yeats, Cafavy and the artists — Lorrain and Turner and all those Greek pots.

That is how it stretches, from some unrecorded events in the Bronze Age through oral song through Homer’s version and then on through Ovid and Virgil to Marlowe and Shakespeare and James Joyce. We cannot top those towers or stop those stories.

If you are interested in myth, here my earlier posts on the book Classical Myth:

Getting Started

Myths of Creation

The Olympians

Fertility and Death

Heroes and Heroines

One Response to Classical Myth: Troy

  1. bermudaonion says:

    It’s been so long since I’ve read any myths, I’d have to start from the beginning again. Thanks for posting the link to the kilim photo this morning – they are gorgeous!

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