The Iliad: Background information when reading Call Me Cassandra

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Call Me Cassandra

A Novel

by Marcial Gala

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Call Me Cassandra by Marcial Gala
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The Iliad

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Design on Grecian pottery depicting Achilles holding a spearIn Call Me Cassandra by Marcial Gala, the main character is visited by the Greek goddess Athena and instructed to read a Cuban edition of the Iliad, the epic poem attributed to the ancient Greek poet Homer and maintained through centuries of oral tradition.

The poem focuses on certain events towards the end of the Trojan War, including the siege of the Greek city of Troy, which was also called Ilios at the time — and is referred to this way in Gala's novel. Homer's epic opens nine years after the start of the war, which began when Paris, the son of the Trojan king Priam, ran off with Helen, the wife of the Achaean king Menelaus, inciting the Achaeans to send an army to Troy after her.

Broken into 24 books and over 15,000 lines long, the Iliad follows the warrior Achilles as he has a dispute with Agamemnon, the Achaean leader, and refuses to fight the Trojans while attempting to turn the gods against his own side. The actions of the gods are shown alongside those of the ...

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