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Author Topic: The War That Killed Achilles: The True Story of Homer's Iliad and the Trojan War  (Read 2896 times) Average Rating: 0
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« Topic Start: October 10, 2010, 07:54:00 am »

Title: The War That Killed Achilles: The True Story of Homer's Iliad and the Trojan War
Author(s): Caroline Alexander
Publisher: Viking Adult
Publication Date: October 15, 2009
ISBN: 0670021121
ISBN-13: 978-0670021123
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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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« Reply #1: October 21, 2010, 01:47:50 pm »

Title: The War That Killed Achilles: The True Story of Homer's Iliad and the Trojan War
Author(s): Caroline Alexander

I've been thinking about picking this book up; it has some pretty good reviews on Amazon, and I was wondering if anyone has read this and could tell me whether it's worth buying or not? Thanks!
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« Reply #2: October 21, 2010, 03:57:10 pm »

I've been thinking about picking this book up; it has some pretty good reviews on Amazon, and I was wondering if anyone has read this and could tell me whether it's worth buying or not? Thanks!

I have skimmed through it, the thesis is that the Illiad is in essence a very early example of antiwar literature. It raises some good points, though I would have to familiarize myself more with Greek culture in general to see if her thesis pans out.
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