Literary: Homeric Myth
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Things to look into in case you've recently been enjoying Homer's great epics. The first wave of popularity for Homeric games started in 1980. Like the interval between the world wars, the second wave broke twenty years later.

Never savored the glory and wonder of the Epics? Check them out:

The Iliad: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=0385059418/thedetecta...
The Odyssey: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=0374525749/thedetecta...

First the games based on The Odyssey, then The Iliad inspired ones.
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Have no direct experience with this one which does not seem directly based on Homer's tales, but this link will let you easily find the description and decide for yourself.
 
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"Heroes of the Underworld" - a great look at the underworld of Greek mythology and the many characters who inhabit it. Much, much more than just Hades and Persephone.
 
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"In the kingdom of immortals, the restless gods decree that mortal man will fight one another to prove their loyalty. By order of Zeus, the war god Ares leaves his throne to inform man of this noble contest. To the victors go the spoils of war and eternal gratitude from the gods.

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The 1978 war game by GDW apparently featured only the heroes.
 
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The map is a typically beautiful Italian work of art. Published 2001.
 
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32 cards represent major characters of the poem and include flavor text linked to the original story
 
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Also published 2001, but from France.
 
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Micro-sized war game from 1981.
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the heroes and monsters from Greek mythology battle

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The military game from 1979.
 
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A small two-player game of the Trojan War, this recreates the conflict in an abstract fashion (no map of the battlefield) by pitting heroes against each other and allowing for interaction with the gods. This game can be played solitaire.
From Vae Victis #66.
 
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Not strictly about Homer, but related as it depicts the attempt to verify his stories. Premiered Essen 2000.
 
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1993's "The Trojan Horse" is an Alex Randolph game which curiously seems to be about region domination.
 
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Appreciate the tip on this British game first published in 1983. It appears that the Homeric myths play at least a small role.
 
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From Germany by Hartmut (Koalition) Witt. Published 1995.
 
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Minerva vs. Neptune published in Italy 1980.
 
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From Austria, 1985.
 
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1980 from Fantasy Games Unlimited. This publisher is still in business by the way:
http://fantasygamesunlimited.com/
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"The Trojan Game" is actually a Chess variant from 1997. Are you able to guess how the variant changes the rules?
 
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The "Troja" module is based on The Iliad. The Settlers of Catan expansion for 2001 is not very close to the events of the tale, but quite fun nevertheless.
 
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This 1979 war game by Chaosium, while not specifically about the Trojan War, is set in the same time and environs and actually does show Troy on its map.
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