The Iliad and the Odyssey by Jan Parker

The Iliad and the Odyssey by Jan Parker

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Interestingly, when Homer wrote about the Trojan war in around 700 BCE he referenced the death of Priam's son, Gorgythian "His head, weighed down by the helmet, fell to one side like a garden poppy heavy with seed and spring rain". This, appears to be the first mention of poppies representing the dead of war.

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This book is an insightful look and explanation of Homer's epic poems "The Iliad" (the Trojan War) and "The Odyssey" (Odysseus' return from the Trojan War). It also explains the thoughts and conversations of the Gods who attempt to direct the course of events during the war.

Each of the sections begins with an outline of that books story, followed by an in depth analysis of the structure, themes and Greek ideas about heroic bonds and values.

A good book for anyone who has an interest in Homer's poems.

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