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Book Title: The Talisman of Troy|
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v The author of the book: Valerio Massimo Manfredi
Edition: Pan Books
Date of issue: 2004
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Read full description of the books The Talisman of Troy:Manfredi himself states he wanted to tell the story, not of the Trojan War itself, but of the aftermath and of the fates of many of the combatants and others, covering the period between the The Iliad and the The Odyssey and after the The Aeneid. In his faux epic, I think he has succeeded for the most part. I called this a faux epic, because the author's prose lacked the majesty of the Homeric or Virgilian poetry. An unnamed 'foreigner' tells us of Diomedes, King of Argos, one of the Greeks who had fought the Trojan War. After the burning of Troy, the Greeks leave for home; Diomedes upon reaching Argos, overhears his wife plotting his betrayal. So Diomedes and his faithful followers search for a new land in which to settle. After many adventures they reach Hesperia, a fabled land to their west and battle their way across the land against kings and nature. They undergo many hardships. The last fight is a hand-to-hand duel with Aeneas, who has founded his own city, for possession of the land. We also find out what happened to many of the other mythological characters: not what we commonly read.
The author really conveyed the gloomy and bleak atmosphere. I like how he incorporated some of the other non-Homeric legends. He posits a whole different reason for the Trojan War than the usual and his reasoning drives much of the action. This novel was a fascinating look at a fascinating time. I believe with part of the action the author is trying to show the transition from the Bronze Age to the Iron Age. Some foreknowledge of Homer and Virgil is certainly helpful.
Read information about the authorValerio Massimo Manfredi (born 1943) is an Italian historian, writer, archaeologist and journalist. He was born in Piumazzo di Castelfranco Emilia, province of Modena and is married to Christine Fedderson Manfredi, who translates his published works from Italian to English. They have two children and live in a small town near Bologna.
Valerio Massimo Manfredi defines himself as an "Ancient World Topographer". Since 1978 he spends his time teaching in several European universities, digging ruins in the Mediterranean and in the Middle East, and writing novels.
The Professor of Classical Archaeology in the "Luigi Bocconi" University of Milan and a familiar face on European television, he has led scientific expeditions, excavations and explorations in Italy and overseas. In addition to this, he has published a number of scientific articles and essays as well as thirteen novels, including the Alexander trilogy and The Last Legion. Alexander was published in thirty-six languages in fifty-five countries and The Last Legion was sold for a major film production in the USA. The Last Legion film was released in 2007.
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