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The Fall of Troy

by Quintus Smyrnaeus

The Fall of Troy is a fourteen-book epic poem by Quintus Smyrnaeus, a Greek poet who lived in the late 4th century AD. The poem continues the narration of the Trojan War from the end of Homer's Iliad to the final sack of Troy. The poem begins with the arrival of the Amazon queen Penthesilea to aid the Trojans in their war against the Greeks. Penthesilea is a skilled warrior, and she quickly becomes a valuable asset to the Trojan forces. However, she is also a fierce and bloodthirsty fighter, and her presence on the battlefield only serves to escalate the violence. The poem also tells the story of Memnon, the Ethiopian king who comes to the aid of the Trojans after Penthesilea's death. Memnon is a powerful warrior, and his arrival on the battlefield gives the Trojans new hope. However, Memnon is also killed in battle, and his death deals a devastating blow to the Trojan forces. The poem culminates in the final sack of Troy. The Greeks use a ruse to gain entry to the city, and they quickly overwhelm the Trojan defenders. The city is burned to the ground, and the Trojans are either killed or enslaved.

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Quintus Smyrnaeus was a Greek epic poet who flourished in Smyrna (modern Izmir, Turkey) in the late 4th century AD. His only surviving work is a fourteen-book epic entitled Posthomerica (Greek: Τὰ μετ...

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