Jayne J Posted January 6, 2012 Share Posted January 6, 2012 Caroline Alexander's book "The War That Killed Achilles: The True Story of Homer's Illiad and the Trojan War." I read it thinking it would be a more archaeological/historical survey of the subject, but it was really more of a commentary and apology for Achilles. Most modern readers (including myself up until now) have seen Achilles as little more than a pouty soldier-boy throwing an epic tantrum, but Alexander challenges that view and really throws into relief some ideas and themes I'd overlooked, making a great argument for the heroism of Achilles. It really changed my view of the Illiad. Just putting it out there for Illiad students who might like a new angle.:D Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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