Composed for recitation at festivals, these 33 songs were written in honour of the gods and goddesses of the ancient Greek pantheon. They recount the key episodes in the lives of the gods, and dramatise the moments when they first appear before mortals. Together they offer the most vivid picture we have of the Greek view of the relationship between the divine and human worlds.
Classicist, author and researcher Emily Hauser’s For the Most Beautiful imagines the lives of two largely overlooked Trojan women from The Iliad. Here, she tells us about the Trojan women depicted in Homer’s epic, historical facts about their real-life counterparts and the stories about them that survived