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Troilus and Cressida
Troilus and Cressida
by William Shakespeare

Troilus and Cressida Allusions & Cultural References

When authors refer to other great works, people, and events, it’s usually not accidental. Put on your super-sleuth hat and figure out why.

Mythological References

  • The Trojan War
  • Helen of Troy
  • Paris
  • Hector
  • Achilles

Major Literary Sources

  • Geoffrey Chaucer, Troilus and Criseyde (c.1380s)
  • Homer, The Iliad and The Odyssey (c. 8th-6th century B.C.)
  • William Caxton, Recuyell of the Historyes of Troye (1474)
  • John Lydgate, Troy Book (1513)
  • Ovid, Metamorphoses (c. 2 A.D.)
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