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  • • The Trojan War itself, populated by characters from The Iliad; early in the novel the Greek gods are revealed to be superhumans enhanced by futuristic technology reminiscent of Lord of Light; this portion is narrated by Thomas Hockenberry, a “scholic” resurrected from the 21st century seemingly by the gods to observe the Trojan War and make sure it follows the “traditional” pattern as observed by Homer;

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  • A hundred feet beyond the cerberids are the burned remnants of the old scholic barracks.

    Ilium

  • Now, in my role as spy rather than scholic, I stand close enough to hear the dialogue between Athena — morphed as Laodocus — and that buffoon (but fine archer) Pandarus.

    Ilium

  • Drawing attention to oneself is the last thing a scholic wants.

    Ilium

  • Some years ago — the fifth year of the siege, actually — there was a scholic from the Twenty-sixth Century, a chubby, irreverent Asian with the unusual name of Bruster Lin — and even though Bruster Lin was the brightest and most insightful scholar amongst us, his irreverence was his undoing.

    Ilium

  • I wandered the streets of Ilium until nightfall and after, feeling more alone and depressed than any time in my nine years as a scholic there.

    Ilium

  • Cloaked head to toe, invisible to friend and foe but visible to this scholic, she slaps the arrow aside the way a mother flicks a fly from her sleeping son.

    Ilium

  • “Do you know why you have survived longer than any other scholic?” snaps Aphrodite.

    Ilium

  • Sighing once, I picture the scholic dormitory at the base of Olympos.

    Ilium

  • The scholic is named Nightenhelser — a friendly bear of a man who, I had learned over the last four years of his residency here, lived and taught college and died in the American Midwest some time in the early Twentieth Century.

    Ilium

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