For our final battle of the Elite 8, we return to the ancient world and pit the rising star of the charismatic Theseus against the bitter feud between Sulla and Marius of the Roman Republic.
This Elite 8 match up takes a break from the ancient Mediterranean for just a moment and brings us a duel between two books that could not be more different–and yet both are wonderful pieces of storytelling.
Today’s Elite 8 showdown is between two epics, one set in the age of Greek heroes and telling the story of The Iliad from a very human perspective, the other set in the American west and telling the story of those who sought to tame it.
Eight valiant contenders continue their quests for victory! If the Sweet 16 taught us anything, clearly I have a thing for the ancient Mediterranean…and that hasn’t changed in the Elite 8. Let’s get this round started with a titanic match up between two pantheons.
The final match in this opening round pits two starkly different stories against each other. Not just stories: narrators, styles, genres, characters, themes, everything.