by Cayce McCarthy. Arts and Entertainment blogger.
Good morning Femm readers. I hope you all had a nice weekend. I got a few questions for ya’ll. Who here is a fan of Greek mythology, has studied Classics, or even got their degree in Classics? If you have then you’ll be interested in this new BBC series that will be going on Netflix next week. The eight-episode series is called, Troy: Fall of a City. This series will do a re-telling of Homer’s classic, The Iliad. For those of you who don’t know the story here’s the basic run down.
Homer’s story tells the myth around the ten-year siege of the city, Troy, that occurred around 12 or 13 B.C.E. It is believed by scholars that Troy was in the northwest coast of Turkey. According to Homer Troy was the patron city of the god Apollo and was favored by Zeus. After Paris chose the goddess Aphrodite to be the winner of the “beauty contest” he was given the hand of the most beautiful mortal woman, Helen. But she was already married to Menelaus and when she left him Menelaus summoned his brother, Agamemnon, and the rest of the Greek City states that pledge their allegiance to him to go to war with Troy for stealing her. The conflict was so bad that the war even erupted among the gods.
The Iliad is a very long epic with a lot of different subplots and stories within the story. Despite there only being eight episodes there should be plenty of topics that this show can use to have more than one season. It could also do a spin-off series of the Odyssey if they wished. With shows like Game of Thrones, Vikings, Black Sails, Outlander, and others this series is bound to become popular. The trailer for it is out right now and I’ll be sure to leave a link to it down below.
The show does look good, but it probably won’t compare to the 2004 Brad Pitt film, Troy. Not to mention BBC has made tv movies and mini-series of Greek myth back in the day that were absolute garbage; at least to me anyway. So, I hope this one is better. Also, as a Classics cognate and fan of Greek myth, I’m interested in how they’ll portray the myths and the gods. Or, if they leave them out like Pitt’s movie did. That’s all for this blog post. ‘til next time.