“A war does not ignore half the people whose lives it touches. So why do we?”
So says Calliope, muse of epic poetry. The poet calls on her for inspiration, and in this version, she will insist he tell the stories of the women of Greece and Troy, women who were always influential in the original saga, even if from the margins.
In this retelling of the Trojan War, Natalie Haynes crafts a nonlinear narrative, weaving together the myths of queens, oracles, daughters, wives, and goddesses. I found myself tossed about from one woman’s story to another, as if on Homer’s wine-dark sea.