Trojan Trilogy

The scene is the Greek camp, some years into the siege of Troy.  The war has reached a stalemate, and for months the whole Trojan plain has been blanketed in thick freezing fog.

Odysseus, jealous of the popularity of his fellow general Palamedes, plots his downfall.  He plants evidence on a captive Trojan - a letter which seems to suggest that Palamedes is collaborating with the enemy - at the same time concealing money in Palamedes’ tent. 

The discovery of the money and letter lead to Palamedes’ being tried in a court martial.  His judge, Agamemnon, the leader of the Greek expedition, has his own reasons for hating Palamedes and condemns him to death.

Palamedes faces his punishment stoically, but, when led away by the guards, requests that he should be allowed to take his own life.  This they agree to.

Shortly afterwards, Palamedes’ father arrives with supplies from Greece.  When he hears of Palamedes’ death, he vows to take his revenge not only on Agamemnon, but on the entire Greek army, causing their fleet to run aground on their voyage home.


Trial Scene from the first reading of Palamedes,

The British Museum, London, 27th April 2007