The Epic Cycle tells, collectively, the beginnings of the war (Cypria), the wrath of Akhilleus
in the siege's tenth year (Iliad), the events that occurred between Hektor's death and the Greeks' return home (Aethiopis, Little Iliad, Iliou persis, and the Nosti), Odysseus's ten-year journey to Ithaka (Odyssey), and his adventures following the Odyssey (Telegony).
He sings of the past heroes of Greece and Troy, of Odysseus and Akhilleus
However, she uses transliterations for most names, e.g., Aiskhylos instead of the more common Aeschylus or Akhilleus
instead of Achilles, a detail that makes reading difficult and to my mind unnecessarily elitist.
Iliad A, 215 (H LL)(H L L)(H LL)(H LL) (HL L)(HH) te:n d' apameibomenos prosephe: podas o:kus akhilleus
her & answering spoke feet swift Achilles `and answering her, swift-footed Achilles spoke'
Beginning his textual readings with two arkhe-texts, he addresses the issue of mourning and mortality in the Iliad by focusing on the way Akhilleus
reacts to the distressful thought of his own death by practising a vengeful form of auto-mourning, culminating in his abuse of Briseis.
Next day at dawn, Akhilleus
, we picked your pale bones from the char to keep in wine and oil.
Nestor's shield of solid gold, akhilleus
' shield with its layer of gold sandwiched between two layers of bronze and two of tin, or the plume of Akhilleus
' helmet, made of countless golden hairs, are surely as fantastic as, say, the golden doors and silver doorposts of Alkinoos' palace in the Odyssey.