The homecomings

Pyrrhos, son of Akhilleus, vows to avenge his father’s death at Ilium. The trouble is he holds someone very powerful responsible – the god Apollo.

The war at Ilium is over and the Greek warriors go home. Pyrrhos, son of Akhilleus takes Andromache, the widow of the Ilian Hektor, as his concubine, but he plans to marry Hermione, daughter of Menelaus and Eleni. But first he has to avenge his father’s death. When he burns Apollo’s temple to the ground, will his tanist Alexandros protect him from the god’s wrath? Or will Andromache come between them?


In Monsalvat, Parzival and Condwiramurs and their sons, Loherangrin and Kardeiz, are watching the autumn bonfires when Parzival tells his sons that he had work the whole family to do.

Kardeiz/Alexandros arrives in Ilium, as companion to Pyrrhos, leader of Myrmidons. When Ilium falls, the Myrmidons return to Hellas, accompanied by Andromache, now Pyrrhos’s wife, and Helenus, priest of Ilium. Pyrrhos has intentions to rule Epirus, to reunite his grandparents, Thetis and Peleus, and to marry Menelaos and Eleni’s daughter, Hermione. Alexandros is by his side to help him realise his plans, with varying success.

However, Pyrrhos also wants revenge on the god Apollo, whom he holds responsible for his father’s death at Ilium, and while Alexandros doubts the sagacity of this plan, Pyrrhos succeeds in burning down the god’s temple at Delfi.

After visiting Sparti, he takes Hermione as his wife to Epirus, in spite of the objections of Orestes, his rival for Hermione’s hand. In Epiros the rivalry of Pyrrhos’s wives comes to a head as Pyrrhos gathers his grandparents and Hermione’s parents to celebrate his kingship. In the ensuing arguments, Pyrrhos is killed by Orestes and the god Apollo arrives to conclude the adventures of Alexandros in Hellas.

Back in Monsalvat, Parzival reveals to Kardeiz why he sent him to be Pyrrhos’s companion.