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Most people know of Homer’s Illiad, which describes an episode from the Trojan War, and also his Odyssey describing the long journey home of one of the Greek heroes from that war. What is less well known is that the Illiad tells only a small part of the ten year siege of Troy, over a period of several weeks. These were oiginally only two of the eight poems forming the Epic Cycle. One of those lost poems, about which little is known for certain except the title, is the Aethiopis. The story of the Aethiopis starts directly after the end of the Illiad, with the arrival at Hector’s funeral feast of Penthesilea (Queen of the Amazons), later followed by Memnon (an African King). The poem includes the death of Achilles and ends with the Greek forces (apparently in disarray) preparing to sail home from Troy. This new treatment seeks to fill in the 'missing pieces' of the Aethiopis, in the words of the major Greek and Trojan characters, and bring it alive for a modern generation of readers.