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The Peloponnese

The Peloponnese, rich in myth and history, is named for the hero Pelops (who wins a chariot race and a kingdom in the bargain). In the epic poem, The Iliad, Paris steals Helen from Menelaus, king of Sparta, starting the Trojan War. Traveling the Peleponnese with kids, ancient sites abound – will it be Mycenae, founded by Perseus who killed Medusa, or Olympia, site of the Olympic Games, or Corinth, an ancient Greek and Roman city? Take time to also enjoy the lovely landscape today, filled with olive trees, fruit orchards, goats grazing on the hillsides, sparkling seaside villages.
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black ships before troy  
Black Ships Before Troy
Rosemary Sutcliff

Action-packed retelling of The Iliad, the Trojan war saga, filled with larger than life heroes – arrogant Agamemnon, sulky Achilles, doomed Hector, sorrowful Priam, golden boy Paris, crafty Odysseus, Penthesilea, queen of the Amazons. Spectacular illustrations, it's like you're standing at the gates of Troy. (Chapter book)


The Trojan Horse
Emily Little, Michael Eagle

Easy to read story of The Iliad – why the Greeks go to war with Troy, fighting for ten long years, the trick to get inside the city, and destruction of Troy. (Easy reader)


The Trojan Horse
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