Daily Archives: April 24, 2020

David Bruce: Homer’s ILIAD: A Retelling in Prose — Book 15: The Battle at the Ships

Book 15: The Battle at the Ships The Trojans fled, and the Greeks pursued and killed them. Zeus woke up and looked down at the battle. He sprang to his feet. This was not how the battle was supposed to … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Homer’s ILIAD: A Retelling in Prose — Book 14: Hera Deceives Zeus

Book 14: Hera Deceives Zeus In his tent, Nestor heard the cries of the warriors on both sides. He said to Machaon, “The cries are growing fiercer, and they are near the ships! You stay here and drink wine. Hecamede … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Homer’s ILIAD: A Retelling in Prose — Book 13: The Trojans Attack the Ships

Book 13: The Trojans Attack the Ships Zeus had driven Hector against the Greeks and had allowed him to earn great kleos by smashing the gates of the Greeks. Now, as Greeks fought and died to save their ships and … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Homer’s ILIAD: A Retelling in Prose — Book 12: The Trojans Storm the Barricade

Book 12: The Trojans Storm the Barricade As Patroclus helped Eurypylus, the Greeks and Trojans fought before the Greek trench and wall. At any time, it seemed that the Trojans would break down the wall and bring fire to the … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Homer’s ILIAD: A Retelling in Prose — Book 11: Agamemnon has a Day of Glory, but the Greeks Face Disaster

Book 11: Agamemnon has a Day of Glory, but the Greeks Face Disaster Dawn rose, and Zeus brought the goddess Strife to the Greek ships. She was the only goddess he wanted to take part in the coming battle. She … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Homer’s ILIAD: A Retelling in Prose — Book 10: A Night Raid

Book 10: A Night Raid Most of the Greek commanders slept, but Agamemnon could not — his mind was too active. He was worried and he groaned. His groans were like the thunderbolts thrown by Zeus to signal rain or … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Homer’s ILIAD: A Retelling in Prose — Book 9: Peace Offerings to Achilles

Book 9: Peace Offerings to Achilles The Trojans stood watch to make sure that the Greeks did not sail away during the night. Their mood was one of triumph. The mood of the Greeks, however, was discouragement for many and … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Homer’s ILIAD: A Retelling in Prose — Book 8: The Tide of Battle Turns in the Trojans’ Favor

Book 8: The Tide of Battle Turns in the Trojans’ Favor As morning came, Zeus assembled the gods on Mount Olympus. He told them, “Listen to me. Let no one — god or goddess — disobey my orders. I order … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Homer’s ILIAD: A Retelling in Prose — Book 7: A Duel with Hector

Book 7: A Duel with Hector Hector and Paris rushed through the Scaean Gates, eager for war. Their warriors welcomed them the way that sailors, exhausted from rowing, welcome a breeze sent by the gods. Rested, Hector and Paris each … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Homer’s ILIAD: A Retelling in Prose — Book 6: Hector Returns to Troy and Andromache

Book 6: Hector Returns to Troy and Andromache Now that the gods were relaxing on Mount Olympus, the battle was between mortals and mortals. Greeks and Trojans battled on the land in between the river Simois and the river Xanthus. … Continue reading

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