Homer’s Iliad (the fountainhead of European literature) recounts just a few days in the tenth year of the war of Troy. Later writers added other episodes—onward to the end of the siege and its aftermath, back many generations to its roots—until it became the collective dream of the Western world.

This novel for the first time weaves the great story-mass into a unified whole. The famous characters teem (Helen, Hector, Paris, Achilles, Agamemnon, Ajax, Priam, Cassandra . . .) but the narrator is a surprising one, a female captive.

Hardbound, 6 x 9 in., 410 pages; color painting on jacket, sketches, maps, genealogical tables, 39-page appendix on the Greek names . 1999. ISBN 978-0-934546-38-6.

“Well into my second reading. I can’t begin to tell you how much I am enjoying your magnificent tapestry. Unlike other works I have read, this book runs as a movie inside my head. I have never had a literary experience like this. It would make a wonderful epic film.” —Tom Lorenzin, poet

temple at Assos, looking across to Lesbos; painting by Guy Ottewell