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We are all familiar with the story of the capture of the beautiful Helen by the Trojan prince Paris, and the ten-year war that ensued to get her back. We know the famous legend of the wooden horse, built by Odysseus, which carried the Greeks into Troy to burn the city down. When I set about writing For the Most Beautiful, one of my main aims was to bring the women of the Trojan War to the forefront — not just the familiar stories of men like Achilles, Hector and Patroclus.

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Take Briseis, for example, one of the narrators of For the Most Beautiful and the slave over whom Achilles and Agamemnon quarrel. Briseis was a princess, taken captive by Achilles when he sacked the city of Lyrnessus the Greeks regularly sacked the towns nearby Troy during the war in order to loot food supplies, treasure and women. These are the real women of the Trojan War, with their own experiences, their own stories to tell. Women are largely silenced in the textual and archaeological record from antiquity — mostly because they were often, quite literally, silenced in the ancient world.

So how do we find the stories of the women of Troy in this male-centred world? These two women, although central to the action of the story, are frequently silenced, shunted to the side of the action, or mentioned in cast-away half lines. The Iliad opens with the famous quarrel of Achilles and Agamemnon: and what are they quarrelling about? Nothing less than a couple of women. The events go something like this: Krisayis, who was taken as a slave Sex ladies Troy the Greek king Agamemnon, is demanded back by her father, a priest of Apollo.

Agamemnon refuses.

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And yet, in spite of their central place in the opening of the Iliad and the unfolding of its plot, Krisayis is shipped off the scene back to her father halfway through the first book of the Iliad; Briseis is taken to Agamemnon as his slave, then, later, when Achilles returns to the war, is carted back to him like a shipment of war booty.

And, delving into the story of Krisayis, which was handed down and developed over the years by poets including Chaucer and Shakespeare where Krisayis becomes CressidaI discovered a tragic subplot involving her desperate love for Troilus, prince of Troy; the prophecy against him; her capture and release from the Greek camp.

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When we focus only on the rage and glory of Achilles without thinking about the cost of that rage — the deaths of the Greeks and Trojans, and the terrible losses experienced by their mothers, wives and daughters — then we ignore half the story. And that, to me as a researcher of the ancient world, is a side to the Trojan War that we need to uncover. These are women whose tales are just as important, and just as captivating, as the stories of the men of the Iliad — and they are stories that really need to be told.

Sex ladies Troy chose to spell her name Krisayis in For The Most Beautiful in order to give it a more Anatolian, and less Greek, feel, as well as to differentiate her from Briseis. Interestingly, in the Middle Ages the names of Briseis and Chryseis were in fact often confused, so there is a precedent. Emily Hauser is a classicist, author and researcher. Her research focuses on women in antiquity, archaic Greek poetry, and the theory and practice of classical reception, particularly in contemporary fiction.

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