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The Death and Afterlife of Achilles

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Achilles’ death—by an arrow shot through the vulnerable heel of the otherwise invincible mythic hero—was as well known in antiquity as the rest of the history of the Trojan War. However, this important event was not described directly in either of the great Homeric epics, the Iliad or the Odyssey. Noted classics scholar Jonathan S. Burgess traces the story of Achilles as r ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published January 8th 2009 by Johns Hopkins University Press
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May 03, 2016 Collin rated it liked it
Wow, was this dense. And wordy. And filled with terms like "neoanalysis" and... I was going to add some more but I can't remember them. Oops. I'm a bad scholar.

A lot of it wasn't especially interesting because I'm just a lowly undergrad who isn't really into the nitty-gritty aspects of academia yet. But I enjoyed it! Anything about Achilles, I'm for it, especially analyzing the larger role he plays in Greek myth/storytelling, outside of the Homeric sphere, and what his role has to say about myth
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