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After Hermann Schliemann unearthed magnificent gold artifacts in the 1870s at the Turkish site that he believed to be the location of ancient Troy, based on evidence in Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, scholars gained new respect for the value of Homer's grasp of history.Modern archaeologists, excavating deeper, have found a series of cities built on top of each other, including a walled city which appears to have been destroyed by war, whose date corresponds to that of ancient Troy. C., is another civilization we have come to know from both legend and archaeology.Margaret Atwood, The Penelopiad (2005), a literary novel about the experiences of Odysseus' wife, Penelope, while he was away fighting the Trojan War and voyaging home.
Katharine Beutner, Alcestis (2010), a literary novel based on the myth of Alcestis, who agreed to die in place of her husband.
Synopsis: A scattered people, the descendants of storied sea-kings of the ancient West, struggle to survive in a lonely wilderness as a dark force relentlessly bends its will toward their destruction.
Yet amidst these valiant, desperate people, hope remains.
Marion Zimmer Bradley, The Firebrand (1987), a feminist perspective of the Trojan War seen through the eyes of a Kassandra raised by Amazons.
Gillian Bradshaw, The Beacon at Alexandria (1986), about a fourth century Greek woman who disguises herself as a eunuch in order to study medicine in Alexandria.Review or Author Interview Charles Rowan Beye, Odysseus: A Life (2004), a fictional "biography" of this legendary survivor of the Trojan War.