The Silence of the Girls

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The Silence of the Girls
Author: Barker, Pat
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Time Period: Classical Age
Time Frame: 1194–1184 BCE
Geographic Area: Europe
Country: Ancient Greece
Topics: Trojan War
Genre: Mythology
Reading Age: Young Adult, Adult
Format: Novel
Published: 2019


World History > Classical Age > Ancient Greece

Queen Briseis has been stolen from her conquered homeland and given as a concubine to a foreign warrior. The warrior is Achilles: famed hero, loathed enemy, ruthless butcher, darkly troubled spirit. Briseis's fate is now indivisibly entwined with his.

No one knows it yet, but there are just ten weeks to go until the Fall of Troy, the end of this long and bitter war. This is the start of The Iliad: the most famous war story ever told. The next ten weeks will be a story of male power, male ego, male violence. But what of the women? The thousands of female slaves in the soldiers' camp - in the laundry, at the loom, laying out the dead? Briseis is one of their number - and she will be our witness to history.

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