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

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

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by Caroline Alexander
 

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The Iliad is celebrated as one of the greatest of all works of literature, the epic of all epics. But while the dramatic events of the Trojan War are legendary, the true theme of this ancient poem is often forgotten: the horror and enduring devastation of war. Written with the authority of a scholar and the vigor of a bestselling narrative historian, The War

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The War That Killed Achilles: The True Story of Homer's Iliad and the Trojan War 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
ReaderFred More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. Ms. Alexander's words were a canvas of the Trojan War, giving life to its characters, and letting you into its setting in time. The main focus of the book, Achilles, is allowed to emerge from Homers work, and be given the respect that was taken from him in earlier interpretations of works from the Trojan War. The recent movies which have used the Trojan War as a backdrop would have been more vibrant and less stiff if they used this book as a reference for the characters inner workings. Finally, it is a well written book. It is for the intelligent reader, one who can savor the sentences as they come from the pages, and guide the reader to the fields of Ilium.
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This is a wonderful story. The characters get into your heart.
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