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Print publication date: 1986

Print ISBN-13: 9780856682940

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9780856682940.001.0001

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Joseph of Exeter: The Trojan War

Joseph of Exeter: The Trojan War

(p.29) Joseph of Exeter: The Trojan War
Joseph of Exeter: Trojan War
A. K. Bate
Liverpool University Press

This chapter covers Joseph of Exeter's epic The Trojan War, which was composed in Reims in the first years of the 1180s. It begins with details of the first destruction of Troy and Priam's escape from death while fighting in eastern Phrygia, followed by his return to Troy to become its new king. After the attack, the Trojans made a plan to return Hesione, Priam's sister, who had been abducted by the Greeks. It recounts Paris' dream about the three goddesses who came to him for his judgement on their beauty, and the promise of a successful foray into Greece made to him by Venus. It ends with the Greek preparations for war after Paris abducted Helen and the drowning of Castor and Pollux, Helen's brothers, who had left Greece before the rest of the fleet in the hope of catching up with their sister on the seas.

Keywords:   Joseph of Exeter, The Trojan War, Priam, Hesione, Paris, Venus, Helen, Castor, Pollux

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