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Understanding the Iliad
by Leon Golden
Although the Iliad has a history dating back more than three thousand years, it remains a riveting and insightful study of universal themes relating to the human condition. This study focuses on three interconnecting subjects: the relationship of human beings to the external forces-the gods-which are operative in the universe; the concept of heroism in war and beyond war ...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by Authorhouse
(first published 2005)
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Leon argues that Achilles was a narcissist and so incapable of rational thought and actions until after the death of Patroclus, his one real human connection on whom he depended. Without Patroclus he needs to rejoin the human community so hosts funeral games and begins to transform to a more humane character. In Book 24 his compassion for Priam causes a transcendence into a tragic epic hero.