The Poppies of Troy revisits the ancient epic story of the Trojan War and retells it through the medium of a graphic novel. In an exciting version that honors much of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, the author uses certain aspects of these epics from the 8th century BC to address contemporary issues of the utmost relevance: violence, war, patriotism, honor, gender, and even pandemics are all confronted in this timeless tale. This novel is an ideal learning platform both for those interested in engaging students in an accessible and relevant discussion of ancient Greek myth and culture, but also for those who may wish to examine complex contemporary societal questions raised by the Greek classics. Much of the art and text offers useful points of reference for the educator to discuss Greek culture, literature, mythology, and art. And, the companion website contains useful supplementary material presented by the author himself to support classroom discussion. As an examination of the horrific impact of war on societies and individuals, this graphic novel is a timely contribution to contemporary discourse.
Introduction Dramatis Personae
Chapter 1 : Thunder on Olympus
Chapter 2 : A Prodigal Son
Chapter 3 : Fruit of the Poisonous Tree
Chapter 4 : Heartfelt Wounds
Chapter 5 : The Gathering Storm
Chapter 6 : A Wind from the West
Chapter 7 : Let Slip the Dog of Wars
Chapter 8 : Stalemate
Chapter 9 : Live and Let Live
Chapter 10 : Where’s His Beautiful Head?
Chapter 11 : Pawns in a Game
Chapter 12 : Götterdämmerung
Epilogue : Dulce et Decorum Est