The War at Troy
What Homer Didn't Tell
Published by: University of Oklahoma Press
Imprint: University of Oklahoma Press
288 Pages | 6 x 9 | 1 line drawing
Quintus’ epic, written probably in the third century after Christ, is the only extant literary work from antiquity that gives a connected account of the events of the Trojan War. It tells what happened to Achilles and to Troy, and of the fatal enterprises of the Queen of the Amazons and the King of Ethiopia, the funeral games held in honor of Achilles, the victory of Odysseus in his contest with Aias, the death of Paris, the strategy of the wooden horse, and the capture and sack of Troy.
Translator and editor Frederick M. Combellack’s goal was to “provide a version of Quintus in English prose suitable for our own time.” The only previous English version, published a hundred years ago, was in a “kind of blank verse, in a style now out of fashion.”
Combellack’s accurate, readable prose translation retains the spirit of Quintus’ tale. The War at Troy: What Homer Didn’t Tell is essential reading for scholars and readers interested in the heroic age and the epics that celebrate it.