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

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ISBN13: 9780143118268
ISBN10: 0143118269
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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.

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

Caroline Alexander is the author of the international bestsellers The Endurance and The Bounty. She has written for National Geographic, The New Yorker, Smithsonian and Outside. She lives in New Hampshire.

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TKS, March 21, 2011 (view all comments by TKS)
The packaging on this book leads one to suspect that it contains mainly an analysis of the idea of warfare, using The Iliad as a lens. Not so. Perhaps the publisher thought that implication would sell more copies, but the truth of the book is that it's a scholarly (also entirely readable) analysis of The Iliad itself, particularly the character of Achilles.

Ancient epic poetry is tough to approach from our modern perspective, and I found THE WAR THAT KILLED ACHILLES both enlightening and enjoyable. It makes some obscure passages clear, and it provides a helpful springboard for one's own critical thinking. It's not a dry work of literary criticism, by any means, but it is certainly a serious literary discussion, and very enjoyable as such.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780143118268
Author:
Alexander, Caroline
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Ancient and Classical
Subject:
Ancient - Greece
Subject:
Ancient & Classical
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20100931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
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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Fiction and Poetry » Classics » Greek
History and Social Science » World History » Ancient History
History and Social Science » World History » Ancient Near East
History and Social Science » World History » Classical
Humanities » Literary Criticism » General

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