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Publisher's Summary

A collection of acclaimed radio retellings of Greek and Roman myths.

Andrew Rissik's powerful, uncompromising reimaginings of classic tales from Roman and Greek history were hailed as masterpieces when they first aired on BBC radio. Told in contemporary speech, they revitalised the ancient myths, making them fresh, relevant and accessible to a modern-day audience. This collection brings them together on audio for the first time, with stellar casts including Michael Sheen, Paul Scofield, Lindsay Duncan, David Harewood, Eleanor Bron, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Diana Rigg, Roger Allam, Toby Stephens, Anton Lesser and Robert Hardy.

The Troy Trilogy - praised by one critic as 'the greatest radio drama [anyone] could ever hear', this three-play sequence tells the tragic, timeless tale of the events leading up to and following the fall of Troy. In King Priam and His Sons, a child is born to Priam and his wife, Hekabe, but the gods foretell disaster if he is allowed to live.... The Death of Achilles resumes the story in the final year of the war, as Achilles quarrels with his supreme commander, Agamemnon. And in Helen at Ephesus, Troy has fallen, and as Agamemnon returns to face the judgement of his wronged wife, Klytemnestra, Menelaos and Helen must begin the long spiritual journey towards forgiveness and self-knowledge.

Dionysos - based on Euripides' The Bacchae, this dark, provocative drama is the first of three plays examining the conflict between religion and state. Charismatic cult leader Dionysos arrives in Thebes preaching a gospel of wine and ecstasy. Threatened by his popularity, King Pentheus orders his arrest.... 

The Art of Love - the second of the three-play cycle sees Roman poet Ovid sent into exile when his subversive ideas about love and freedom challenge the authority of the ageing Emperor Augustus. 

Resurrection - in the final play of the trilogy, the Roman governor of Judea, Pontius Pilate, clashes with troublesome, itinerant preacher Yeshua Ben Youssef.

Cast and credits 

Written by Andrew Rissik

Directed by Jeremy Mortimer

The Troy Trilogy

Toby Stephens, James Hayes, Oliver Cotton, Ian Hogg, Emma Fielding, Cassandra Sperry, Deborah Findlay, Michael Maloney, Geraldine Somerville, Paul Scofield, Lindsay Duncan, James Laurenson, Geoffrey Whitehead, Abigail Docherty, Jean-Marc Perret, Michael Sheen, Saeed Jaffrey, David Harewood, Julian Glover, Eleanor Bron

Music by Nick Russell Pavier and David Chilton.

Singer: Mia Soteriou.

First broadcast BBC Radio 3: 28th November 1998 (King Priam and His Sons), 29th November 1998 (The Death of Achilles, Helen at Ephesus)

Dionysos

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Toby Stephens, Paul Scofield, Diana Rigg, Roger Allam, Pip Donaghy, Bruce Purchase, Jeffery Kissoon, Trevor Martin, Anna Carteret, Mali Harries, Yolanda Vazquez and Mia Soteriou

Music by Mia Soteriou.

First broadcast BBC Radio 3, 20th April 2003

The Art of Love/Resurrection

Stephen Dillane, Juliet Aubrey, Penny Downie, Robert Hardy, Peter Eyre, Ian McNeice, James Laurenson, Ioan Meredith, Damian Lynch, Anton Lesser, David Calder, Julia Ford, Sam Dastor, Raad Rawi, John Rowe, Mia Soteriou, Chris Moran, James Hayes, Jon Glover and Danny Sapani

Music by Mia Soteriou.

Musicians: Mia Soteriou, Steve Bentley Kline, Merlin Shepherd, William Lyons

First broadcast BBC Radio 3, 11th April 2004

©2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

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