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"The dramatic events of the Trojan War are legend - the beauty of Helen; the Judgement of Paris; the great martial feats of Ajax, Hector, and Achilles and their tragic deaths; the scheme of the Trojan Horse, the pillage of Troy and the enslavement of its women. None of this actually takes place in the Iliad, which, in fact, is devoted entirely to a few mundane weeks at the end of a debilitating, waning ten-year campaign. The story is thus able to focus not on drama but on a bitter truth: both armies want nothing more than to stop fighting and go home. Achilles - the electrifying hero who is Homer's brilliant creation - quarrels with his tiresome, feckless commander, Agamemnon, but eventually returns to the field to avenge a comrade's death. 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 Achilles." "Using these characters and their situation, the Iliad determinedly addresses the central questions defining the war experience of every age. Is a warrior ever justified in challenging his commander? Must he sacrifice his life for someone else's cause? Giving his life for his country, does a man betray his family? Can death ever be compensated by glory? How is a catastrophic war ever allowed to start - and why, if all parties wish it over, can it not be ended?" Caroline Alexander has taken apart a story we think we know and put it back together in a way that lets us see why that story has had such an impact on us for centuries, revealing in the process what Homer really meant us to glean from his masterpiece.

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Whether we regard them as pure myth or history creatively reshaped, the events of the Trojan War are part of our cultural heritage; but don't think for one moment that Homer's epic Iliad attempts to recount the ebb and flow of that ten-year conflict. Instead, as Caroline Alexander demonstrates in this book, Homer approached the field of battle and death through the moral dilemma of one man and, by doing so, raised the most essential questions about human behavior. Piercing insights about a literary classic.
Dwight Garner
Caroline Alexander's new book, The War That Killed Achilles, is not a new translation of "The Iliad"…but an attempt at a fresh reading of it, one that focuses almost solely on what this martial epic has to say about the conduct and meaning of war…[Alexander] pursues her thesis relentlessly, and brings to its pursuit many of her gifts as a narrative historian.
—The New York Times
Steve Coates
Alexander is best known as the author of The Bounty and The Endurance, well-received books about sea voyages that took place long after the Achaeans set out to avenge Helen. But she is also a trained classicist, and The War That Killed Achilles suggests a joyful re-embrace of an early love. In its bones and sinews, the book is a nobly bold, even rousing, venture, a read-through of the Iliad, from beginning to end, always with a sharp eye to half a century of revealing scholarship, by great Hellenists like Gregory Nagy, Jasper Griffin, M. L. West and many others. The book's best ideas won't be new to readers versed in this work, but it would be hard to find a faster, livelier, more compact introduction to such a great range of recent Iliadic explorations.
—The New York Times Book Review
Library Journal
Alexander, a professional writer who has been published in Granta, The New Yorker, and National Geographic, holds a Ph.D. in classics from Columbia University. Her new book explores her deep fascination with Homer's Iliad. Essentially, she offers an extended discussion of the plot, elaborating and contextualizing it by reference to extant fragments from other epics and other ancient texts and archaeological and historical evidence. She also relates the resonances of The Iliad in the modern world, from Muhammad Ali's refusal to serve in the Vietnam War to the account of an American war widow responding to the death of her husband in Iraq. VERDICT Alexander's book is vigorous and deeply learned yet unpedantic. Highly recommended to general readers interested in a full appreciation of the power and the enduring relevance of The Iliad.—T.L. Cooksey, Armstrong Atlantic State Univ., Savannah, GA\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670021123
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/15/2009
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

 Caroline Alexander has written for The New Yorker, Granta, Condé Nast Traveler, Smithsonian, Outside, and National Geographic and is the author of four previous books.

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Table of Contents

The War That Killed Achilles Preface Note to the Reader Map: Landscape of the Trojan War

The Things They Carried Chain of Command Terms of Engagement Enemy Lines Land of MyFathers In God We Trust Man Down No Hostages The Death of Hektor Everlasting Glory

Acknowledgments Notes Selected Further Reading Index

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