The War That Killed Achilles
The True Story of Homer's IliadBook - 2009
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.
David Brown Book Co
This book explores and retells the Illiad through the prism of its overriding subject - that of war. Caroline Alexander looks at what the Iliad has to say about many of the issues and ambiguities surrounding warfare, at what constitutes heroism, loyalty and justice, honour and glory, as well as the horrors of war.
Baker & Taylor
A revisionist analysis of the Iliad seeks to restore Homer's vision of war, weighing such questions as the justification for military insubordination, whether or not soldiers are compelled to forfeit their lives for causes they do not agree with, and a soldier's choice between country and family. By the author of The Bounty. 75,000 first printing.
Many have forgotten that the subject of the "Illiad" was war--not merely the poetical romance of the war at Troy, but war, in all its enduring devastation. This groundbreaking reading of Homer's epic poem restores the poet's vision of the tragedy of war,addressing many of the central questions that define the war experience of every age.
A revisionist analysis of the "Iliad" seeks to restore Homer's vision of war, weighing such questions as the justification for military insubordination and whether or not soldiers are compelled to forfeit their lives for causes with which they do not agree.