Logue’s vivid rendition of several episodes in the Iliad pulsates with fresh phrasing and is a trove of triologisms. Here, the Greeks are summoned to war.

‘No more talk.

The King will arm. You lords will join the host,

Answering our clear-voiced heralds as they call –

From mountain fastness, riverside, or lake,

Farm, forest, lido, hinterland, or shore,

Pasture or precinct, well or distant wall,

By father’s name, or family name, or lord’s –

The long-haired Greeks to battle …’


Source: Christopher Logue, War Music: An account of Books 1-4 and 16-19 of Homer’s Iliad, London: Faber and Faber, 2001, p. 79

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