Rage!

Retelling Homer's Iliad

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Nine years into the siege of Troy, the greatest Achaean warrior, Achilles, is sidelined by rage and resentment following a conflict with his commander, Agamemnon. This short but intense phase of warfare leads to devastating losses on both sides, conflict among the gods, and great tragedy on a human level.
  Rage! remixes Homer's Iliad from a variety of viewpoints, including alternate sources, and building on three thousand years of Epic Cycle tradition.  
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Athena saves Achilles from acting on his anger.
 
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An Epic Recap

 

Previously in the Epic Cycle...

    Trojan Prince Paris gains the assistance of Aphrodite by awarding her the prize in an all-goddess beauty pageant.   Asked to pick the bride of his choice, Paris chooses Helen, universally acknowledged to be the most beautiful woman in the world. This, despite the fact that Paris was already married to Oenone, while Helen was already married to King Menelaus of Sparta.   Paris and Helen take shelter in Troy, and so, a thousand ships carry an Achaean army to undertake a brutal campaign against the Anatolian city, led by Overlord Agamemnon, who just happens to be Menelaus's brother.  
Nine years later...
 
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Characters

  At the center of this story is the Achaean warrior Achilles, who quits the war after coming into conflict with Overlord Agamemnon. The absence of Achilles and his Myrmidons puts a heavy burden onto fellow warriors Odysseus, Great Ajax, Diomedes, and the others until Patroclus, Achilles's beloved companion, takes Achilles's place in the battle against Prince Hector, the greatest hero on the Trojan side.   In the background are the gods, Apollo, Athena, Zeus, and others who take sides, pick favorites, and attempt to influence the war for their own purposes.   Also keep an eye on the other characters who have an important role in this chapter of the Trojan War, and who foreshadow events to come.  
 
Characters of Rage!
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Who's Who in the Iliad?

 
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Book One

Rage! (Iliad I)

Chapter 1: "Top of the Charts"
A countdown of hotness in the Epic world.
 
Calliope Portrait
Viewpoint Character
Calliope
 
Setting
DJ booth,
Muse Broadcasting Network,
Mount Helicon.
 
Chapter 2: "The Journey Back from Thebe"
A contest to be won or lost.
 
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Viewpoint Character
Briseis
 
Setting
Hold of a Ship,
En Route from Cilician Thebe.
 
Chapter 3: "He Said What?"
The words from Agamemnon's mouth are pretty hard to swallow.
 
Chryses Portrait
Viewpoint Character
Chryses
 
Setting
Temple of Apollo,
Island of Chryse.
Coming Sunday, Nov. 15th
 
Chapter 4: "Patron of the Mice"
A god takes his revenge.
 
Apollo portrait
Viewpoint Character
Apollo
 
Setting
Achaean Camp,
The Troad Plain.
 
Chapter 5: "The Routine"
Nighttime at the Achilles residence.
 
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Viewpoint Character
Briseis
 
Setting
Hut of Achilles and Patroclus,
Achaean Camp,
The Troad Plain.
Coming Sunday, Dec. 6th
 
Chapter 6: "Men Are Such Fools"
Calchas knows all, sees all, and tells...some.
 
Calchas.jpg
Viewpoint Character
Calchas
 
Setting
Achaean Camp,
The Troad Plain.
 
Chapter 7: "Achaeans, Assemble!"
Achilles calls an assembly.
 
Achilles
Viewpoint Character
Achilles
 
Setting
Achaean Camp,
The Troad Plain.
 
Chapter 8: "Agamemnon Himself"
A great king gets royally pissed.
 
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Viewpoint Character
Agamemnon
 
Setting
Achaean Camp,
The Troad Plain.
 
Chapter 9: "Something Happened"
Achilles discovers the cost of crossing Agamemnon.
 
Achilles
Viewpoint Character
Achilles
 
Setting
Achaean Camp,
The Troad Plain.
 
Chapter 10: "Alternate Plans"
Hera and Athena enter the action.
 
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Viewpoint Character
Hera
 
Setting
Mount Olympus
 
Chapter 11: "Errand-Girl"
Athena saves Achilles from acting on his anger.
 
Athena portrait
Viewpoint Character
Athena
 
Setting
Achaean Camp,
The Troad Plain
Coming Sunday, Jan. 17th
 
New verses will drop every Sunday.
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What's Next?

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  Directly following the Iliad, as the Trojans bury Hector and Achilles mourns the loss of Patroclus, a tragically misthrown javelin brings Queen Penthesileia and her crew of Amazon warriors to the besieged city of Ilion and into the next stage of the Trojan War.   Amazons! by Greg R. Fishbone brings a modern flair to this ancient tale of love and war that developed alongside the Iliad and Odyssey in the Greek Epic tradition.

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Rage! (Iliad I)

Series
The Iliad
Book
Rage! 1
Mythology of Origin
Greek/Roman
Setting Realm
Mythoversal Troad
Status
In Progress

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Cover image: "Jupiter Pluvius" (1819) by Joseph Gandy (1771-1843)

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Author's Notes

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Greg R. Fishbone
       
Greg R. Fishbone, Author in Residence at Mythoversal.

 
  I'm often asked, does the world really need another retelling of Homer's Iliad? And I say well, it needs mine. Who else is going to translate polytropos as "stanky legg?"   Let me know what you think!


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