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The Tale of Troy: Retold from the Ancient Authors

3.81  ·  Rating Details  ·  294 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
Tells the story of Helen and the judgement of Paris, of the gathering Heroes and the seige of Troy; of Achilles and his vulnerable heel, reared by the Centaur on wild honey and the marrow of lions; of Odysseus, the last of the Heroes, his plan for the wooden Horse and his many adventures on his long journey home to Greece.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published December 1st 1995 by Puffin (first published January 1st 1958)
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AliReza Alef
این کتاب بصورت مختصر و مفید جریانات نیمه دوم دوران اسطوره ای و قهرمانی یونان باستان و تمدن غرب رو شرح داده و انصافا منبع مناسبی برای علاقه مندان این مبحثه که نمیخوان بصورت مفصل روش وقت بزارن، البته یک نکته ای هم عرض کنم که این کتاب عملا جلد دوم کتاب اساطیر یونان از همین نویسنده هستش، ترجیحا اول اون رو بخونید تا راحت تر جریانات این کتاب رو متوجه بشید هرچند بدون خوندن اون کتاب هم خلل مهمی در مطالعه این کتاب ایجاد نمیشه
Nov 29, 2015 Notaris818 rated it it was amazing
A great book, one of my favourites; Roger Lancelyn Green really brings the magic of Ancient Greek mythology to life, but remains the friendly objective informer throughout (not unlike Homer).

I think this book acts as both a fun and exciting read in itself (I first read this when I was about 8 and loved it), and as an informative precursor to Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey (Homer's books are quite dense, so this gives one the background of the characters and the story). I would strongly recomm
Dave Maddock
Puffin Classics has reprinted all six of Roger Lancelyn Green's re-tellings of myths and legends--and my son owns them all. We actually started with Myths Of The Norsemen prior to a trip to Iceland last year, but haven't (yet) finished it. He is currently on a huge Greco-Roman mythology kick thanks to Rick Riordan. He devoured Percy Jackson's Greek Gods in like two days.

Green's syntax is occasionally antiquated for no good reason, but otherwise these books are solid. While the worst excesses are
Dec 13, 2014 Cameron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A brief and child friendly telling of the siege of Troy and the endings of all of the heroes (questionable description of some of them...) involved.

Succinct and ties it together nicely with nothing "missing", though it has got yearning to reread the Odyssey in full again and then have a go at the Iliad and Aeneid.

Ironman Ninetytwo
Aug 06, 2013 Ironman Ninetytwo rated it it was amazing
I always have a hard time keeping my Greek mythological figures straight and this helped. I think I'll have to reread it from time to time, because I still can't keep my Perseus and my Theseus straight, etc.

When normalized such as in this book, the Greek mythology is no more or less plausible than the Biblical mythology.
Jan 09, 2013 Tim rated it liked it
Reads a bit too much like a phone book, with numerous characters appearing only once and having names too difficult to remember. The treatment of women may shock modern readers. Many famous heroes appear here and in all I felt that time spent reading the book was time spent wisely.
Dec 10, 2009 Dobarah rated it liked it
The story is well told, but I listened to the version from Overdrive...and the recording was second rate. I think my children would like the book much better!
Edy Gies
Once again, another masterpiece of mythology. I greatly enjoy the stories, but still can't quite understand why anyone would say these stories are just as believable as the Bible. I love reading the stories about the Age of Heroes and the gods and goddesses, but the fact that this could be plausible is befuddling to me. I would and will highly recommend that my students read this, but not as a history but as a retelling of the epic story of Troy and the Trojan War as known to the ancient Greeks. ...more
Aug 19, 2015 Ulysses rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Does an impressive job of efficiently cramming the multitude of plot lines, characters, and events of the Trojan War into a single book that omits very little of interest or importance, great or small, while still being entertainingly brief and approachable. The only fault I found is that sometimes it sails hastily over characters or events that the reader wishes it treated in more detail, but that's inevitable in a book that aims to both inform and entertain; overall, the balance struck here be ...more
The Iliad and The Odyssey have been on my to-read list for several years, ever since I read a portion of The Odyssey in my high school freshman English class. While I am well-versed in the happenings of both books, I feel it would be some kind of momentous accomplishment if I were to actually read Homer's epics, since they are both so well-known, so well-loved, and so ... huge. In preparation for my reading of The Iliad - which is on my Classics Challenge List - I decided to check out this so-ca ...more
Jan 27, 2015 ^ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys a good story.
This book takes me back to my primary years of education, when many of the Classical myths and legends were read to us. I loved them. Blood, war, gore, torture, punishment, heroism and deceit, … it was all there, and it was wonderful. An excellent introduction to the darker side of real life through history and into our present day. Human nature doesn’t change. I have never forgotten the horrors of Prometheus’ liver pecked daily by the eagle. My fear, however, rested in perfect safety because I ...more
Mar 04, 2014 G.L.Rose rated it liked it
I liked this book because retellings by Roger Lancelyn Green are easy and interesting to read. I especially enjoyed this book because Athena, my favorite Greek Goddess, is portrayed in it. I think the Wooden Horse was a very creative way to get into Troy. I wish that Paris had chosen Athena, then he would have had the wisdom not to go to war.
3.5 Stars in actuality but goodreads doesn't have that option.

If you want a book with a simplistic telling of the Trojan War for children this book is for you, if you'll allow for a few small inaccuracies (such as cousin Patroclus for example) and a few passages that need a second read over.

It doesn't evoke the same emotions that the Iliad did, so I expect it best told through speech just as Homer's works were originally. That also allows for the speaker to simplify certain passages, as well as
Jan 07, 2013 Emmett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, childrens
One of my greatest regrets shortly after reading this was not having the opportunity of being exposed to this concise, condensed and very lucid recount of the events of Troy when I was much younger. It would have been much easier to get to grips with the story with this version first, rather than recklessly attempting to tackle Homer's in its full glory. At a few points I had been confused when the tale took a sojourn to explain the meaning behind certain events or how certain things introduced ...more
Jon Shanks
Compressing the tales of Troy encompassing Homer's Iliad and Odyssey and other stories into one volume accessible for younger readers is quite a feat, but Roger Lancelyn Green managed to pull it off. Unfortunately I am no longer a part of that target audience, so I did find this volume a little over-simplified in places and it's somewhat antiquated language may be a bit of a struggle for some younger readers today. However, it is enough to give anyone with an interest for classic myths and legen ...more
Oct 29, 2015 Edmond496 rated it it was amazing
Love RLG's ability to adjust but keep relatively true to the source material

Probs the best RLG cos it has some idea of a plot
Apr 23, 2014 Jackie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Inspirational - now the children love the Greek Gods. And I have learned something.
Mar 14, 2014 Emkoshka rated it liked it
I first read this when I was 11 and have returned to it as a 30-year-old wanting to brush up on the basics of Greek mythology before tackling The Iliad and The Odyssey. I didn't find it as compelling as Tales of the Greek Heroes and found myself forgetting often who was who, who was married to whom, and who was the son of whom. Maybe that was just because I was reading chapters on summer evenings with a beer in hand! It's still an entertaining romp though, and the adventures of Odysseus alone ar ...more
Oct 06, 2008 Ashley rated it liked it
Recommended to Ashley by: TCA
Shelves: school
My second summer reading book this year was so much better than the first. Green's style of writing is really appealing to me and the fact that this book is all about Greek gods and heroes and legends made it all the more interesting. I simply cannot explain why I have such a fascination for the Ancient Greek stories; it's something that if you aren't experiencing it, you don't understand. So four stars for this book! I actually liked it- amazing!
Jul 14, 2008 Austin rated it really liked it
This was actually more interesting than i thought it would be considering we had to read it for school. The great big battle in the middle was very well told. It read like the Bible. You meet some guy who did something you've never heard of or will ever hear of again, he dies, and you never hear of him again. Good thing the Bible's my favorite book
Apr 28, 2009 Gavin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics-old-new
Green's treatment of the Troy legends makes them come alive. It also orders the various disparate sources in a roughly correct chronological order, so it's easy to follow.

Don't let reading this put off a return to the source material, which is also worth reading if you can get a decent translation (forget Chapman's Homer in other words).
Sep 01, 2013 James rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
My son got to pick out a book at the bookstore, and he chose this. Once again, Roger Lancelyn Green does not disappoint. This one is a companion to Tales of the Greek Heroes and covers the events of the Trojan War and its aftermath. Really enjoyable.
Jun 16, 2015 Icks rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mythology is hands down interesting. Couldn't read it all in one sitting. Some very amusing views about characters I never once thought of. Relationships were very spiritual and otherworldly altogether.
Sam's Happy
Sep 26, 2012 Sam's Happy rated it really liked it
I loved just about the whole thing. My favorite character was Hector. I liked the big battle. I wish the Trojans had won because I like them better.
Aug 08, 2009 rabbitprincess rated it liked it

A decent retelling of the Trojan War. Good introduction before reading the real thing (the Iliad/Odyssey).
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Dec 08, 2013 Joshua rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
An excellent intro to the famous epics.
Karen R.
Jun 29, 2012 Karen R. marked it as to-read
Am going to read with O.
Aakanksha Singh
Nov 02, 2010 Aakanksha Singh rated it it was amazing
Very compelling!
Mar 27, 2011 Cassie rated it really liked it
Ilike it.
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Roger (Gilbert) Lancelyn Green was a British biographer and children's writer. He was an Oxford academic who formed part of the Inklings literary discussion group along with C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Born in 1918 in Norwich, England, Green studied under C. S. Lewis at Merton College, Oxford, where he obtained a B.Litt. degree. He delivered the 1968 Andrew Lang lecture. Green lived in Cheshire ...more
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