Gemma Mahoney
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The Odyssey & The Iliad

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The Odyssey and The Iliad are two ancient epic poems.

The design intends to channel a sense of tradition as a way to pay homage to the books history.

The design is representative of the narratives, reflecting the chaotic and destructive storyline of struggle, journey and war. The dark, rough and gestured illustrations are symbolic of this chaos, while acting as a dust jacket. This then exposes symbolic repetition of text that further explores the narrative. The Odyssey’s text flows in a pattern to represent an endless journey to return home, while The Iliad text is repeated in decreasing size to suggest a loss of power.