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

The War That Killed Achilles (Viking, $26.95) is an insightful and original exposition of Homer’s epic poem, The Iliad. Caroline Alexander investigates the importance of Achilles’s actions in his defiance of Agamemnon, and his sorrowful plea to his immortal mother, Thetis, to avenge his wounded honor. However, this is not only about personal honor, but about what it means to fight for other people’s ends, whether to help colleagues like Agamemnon and Menelaus avenge their own injured pride, or, in more contemporary contexts, to help one’s nation achieve the kinds of goals the United States fought for in Vietnam. Alexander succeeds wonderfully in widening her scope from a study of Homer to an intricate and detailed account of what war’s sacrifices really mean. 

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$24.00
ISBN: 9780143118268
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Published: Penguin Books - September 28th, 2010