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The War That Killed Achilles: The True Story of Homer's Iliad and the Trojan War

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A groundbreaking reading of the Iliad that restores Homer's vision of the tragedy of war, by the bestselling author of The Bounty

Few warriors, in life or literature, have challenged their commanding officer and the rationale of the war they fought as fiercely as did Homer's hero Achilles. Today, the Iliad is celebrated as one of the greatest works in literature, the epic of all epics; many have forgotten that the subject of this ancient poem was war-not merely the poetical romance of the war at Troy, but war, in all its enduring devastation.

Using the legend of the Trojan war, the Iliad addresses the central questions defining the war experience of every age: Is a warrior ever justified in standing up against his commander? Must he sacrifice his life for someone else's cause? Giving his life for his country, does a man betray his family? How is a catastrophic war ever allowed to start-and why, if all parties wish it over, can it not be ended?

As she did with The Endurance and The Bounty, Caroline Alexander lets us see why a familiar story has had such an impact on us for centuries, revealing what Homer really meant. Written with the authority of a scholar and the vigor of a bestselling narrative historian, The War That Killed Achilles is a superb and utterly timely presentation of one of the timeless stories of our civilization.

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From the author of the bestselling work "The Bounty" comes a groundbreaking reading of "The Iliad" that restores Homer's vision of the tragedy of war.

Synopsis:

"Spectacular and constantly surprising."

-Ken Burns

Written with the authority of a scholar and the vigor of a bestselling narrative historian, The War That Killed Achilles is a superb and utterly timely presentation of one of the timeless stories of Western civilization. As she did in The Endurance and The Bounty, New York Times bestselling author Caroline Alexander has taken apart a narrative we think we know and put it back together in a way that lets us see its true power. In the process, she reveals the intended theme of Homer's masterwork-the tragic lessons of war and its enduring devastation.

About the Author

Caroline Alexander is the author of the international bestsellers The Endurance and The Bounty. A Rhodes Scholar, she was a lecturer at the University of Malawi, where she established the department of classics. She received her doctorate in classics at Columbia University, where she was a Mellon Fellow in the humanities. Alexander is a contributing writer to National Geographic Magazine and has written for The New Yorker, Smithsonian, and Outside.

Table of Contents

The War That Killed Achilles Preface

Note to the Reader

Map: Landscape of the Trojan War

The Things They Carried

Chain of Command

Terms of Engagement

Enemy Lines

Land of MyFathers

In God We Trust

Man Down

No Hostages

The Death of Hektor

Everlasting Glory

Acknowledgments

Notes

Selected Further Reading

Index

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Anne Goldstein, August 28, 2013 (view all comments by Anne Goldstein)
This book takes you systematically through the Illiad; it is thoughtful and beautifully written.
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rhealight, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by rhealight)
This book opened my eyes to the Illiad in a completely different way. Alexander shows that Achilles was against the war and had no gripe with the Trojans. This viewpoint is the opposite of the usual military hero depicted in other commentaries, plays and films.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780670021123
Subtitle:
The True Story of Homer's Iliad and the Trojan War
Author:
Alexander, Caroline
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Ancient and Classical
Subject:
Ancient - Greece
Subject:
Homer
Subject:
War in literature
Subject:
Military - Other
Subject:
Ancient & Classical
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20100928
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 b/w map
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.52 x 5.6 x 0.7 in 0.6 lb
Age Level:
17-17

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"Synopsis" by , From the author of the bestselling work "The Bounty" comes a groundbreaking reading of "The Iliad" that restores Homer's vision of the tragedy of war.
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"Spectacular and constantly surprising."

-Ken Burns

Written with the authority of a scholar and the vigor of a bestselling narrative historian, The War That Killed Achilles is a superb and utterly timely presentation of one of the timeless stories of Western civilization. As she did in The Endurance and The Bounty, New York Times bestselling author Caroline Alexander has taken apart a narrative we think we know and put it back together in a way that lets us see its true power. In the process, she reveals the intended theme of Homer's masterwork-the tragic lessons of war and its enduring devastation.

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