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The Trojan War

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  174 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
A cinematic tale of passion, war, loyalty, betrayal, and retribution

“These events I relate are the living seeds, and they will bear bloody fruit, I promise.” So says Ulysses, King of Ithaca, as he recounts the origins of the Trojan War. Renowned Greek mythologist Bernard Evslin masterfully depicts the ten-year war: its beginnings rooted in discord among the gods; the seduc
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ebook, 156 pages
Published October 30th 2012 by Open Road Media Teen & Tween (first published January 1st 1971)
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Vida
Jun 29, 2009 Vida rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Vida by: Chris Costello
Though the Iliad is undisputedly THE book to read on the Trojan War, this one is definitely the better choice for young adults. I was 12 when Chris lent me his copy of this, and about 9 or 10 when I read a graphic novel of the Iliad (and about 15 when I read the actual thing). I'm afraid that other book shocked my young sensibilities at the time--Paris's lust-fueled abduction of Helen as the cause of the Trojan War seemed incomprehensible to my 9 year-old mind but Evslin's emphasis on the three ...more
Lela
May 13, 2015 Lela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dragging on unneeded parts and leaving large moments confined to a paragraph,
this book withheld my attention on something I wasn't sure would be so interesting.

I tend to partake in researching greek mythology (some roman) just for fun,
and is was one topic I was sure I'd never learn.

After taking a mythology class in school, I am glad to say we spent most of our time studying The Trojan War. I was assuming it'd only be about, ya know, war. Blood-curdling action, mixed in with some gore. I was pr
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Leni Iversen
Good retelling of the Illiad for older kids and teens who aren't ready to tackle Homer. The language is a bit more difficult than kids are used to nowadays (we have the 1971 edition), and I don't know if changes have been made in subsequent editions. I read it to my 10-year as the first step in my plot to correct the misapprehensions she has suffered from the Percy Jackson books. She found the story intriguing, if not exactly gripping, and all the references to sex, rape and general pillaging we ...more
Jeff
Oct 13, 2011 Jeff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
THE TROJAN WAR originally written by homer, in the Iliad, but has been revised to modern text by Bernard Evslin.It is a fiction story published in 1971. it has 160 pages and it took me a little under 2 weeks to read. This story take place in Greece around 500B.C.

A man named Paris, the prince of troy, was promised to be married to Helen by Aphrodite, the goddess of love, for favoring her in a contest. thing is Helen was already married to a king of greece. Paris has her kidnapped and brought b
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Antoine
My students and I used to refer to this as "Trojan War LITE." but that masks the fact this is a very compact, very readable, summation of the matter of Troy, which (in all the best ways) hews very close to the language and plotting of the original sources, especially the Iliad. This book is an excellent way to get a quick and accurate grasp of the Trojan War story, before tackling the original Greek versions.
Carrie Daws
Aug 25, 2014 Carrie Daws rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic
I read this with my two boys, ages 12 and 15. It is a good, condensed version for older kids who are ready for mythology (along with all the complexities of the relationships between the gods and man), but who are not great readers themselves. This gave enough of The Iliad to expose my sons to the basic storyline without dragging it out too long for my boys who hate reading.
Steven Troncoso
I thought the reading was good, gave info on what was the actual cause of the war. It also showed me a different side to the Olympians, you can say I grew up on the pg rating for Greek myth but this book unveiled the cloth covering my eyes regarding the rawness of relationships between Gods, man and wife. I enjoyed the read!
Jeanette Rupel
Aug 27, 2015 Jeanette Rupel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a nice introduction for children to The Iliad. It is well written. It is written with students in mind. It makes the epic come alive. When students finally read The Iliad, they will have some basic knowledge of the Trojan War, allowing them to enjoy The Iliad better.
Aathavan
Nov 21, 2007 Aathavan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the most hilarious retelling of the Trojan war for the modern reader that I have read. Its irreverant approach goes well with the zaniness of the Greek mythology. This book has strangely been out of print and is hard to find.
Carrie
Jul 25, 2011 Carrie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
I first read this when I was in sixth grade. It started my obsession with Greek mythology and was a great way to learn about the Trojan War. It isn't exactly the same as the Illiad, but it is fairly accurate and a good introduction to the many characters.
Kelly
I read this to my boys. I'm giving it 5 stars because they loved it. It hits all the major plot points of the Iliad. I would recommend for younger readers interested in or studying Ancient Greece.
Liam Thompson
A good simplification of Homer's Illiad.
Lucie Bonneville
BORING!!!! AHHHHHH KILL ME!!!
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Bernard Evslin was an author best known for his adaptations of Greek mythology. With over seventy titles, which include both novel-length retellings and short stories, Evslin is one of the most widely published authors of classical mythology in the world. His best-known work is Heroes, Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths, which has sold more than ten million copies worldwide and has been translat ...more
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