A powerful sorceress, horrid monsters, terrific storms, scheming usurpers, and the gods themselves, all conspire to prevent Ulysses from returning to his home in Ithaca. This is Homer's classical poem "Odyssey", recomposed as prose for children. The events of the story occur over a 10-year period, following the Trojan War.
On the plain between the Greek fleet and the Trojan walls, heroes clash in a decade of epic contests. This is Homer's classical poem "Illiad", recomposed as prose for Children. The events of the story occur over several weeks in the 10th and final year of the war.