Achilles: Paradigms of the War Hero from Homer to the Middle Ages

Achilles: Paradigms of the War Hero from Homer to the Middle Ages


By (author) Katherine Callen King, Illustrated by Deborah Nourse Lattimore

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  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Format: Paperback | 356 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 229mm x 25mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 1 March 1991
  • Publication City/Country: Berkerley
  • ISBN 10: 0520074076
  • ISBN 13: 9780520074071
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: 23 b/w photographs
  • Sales rank: 1,062,680

Product description

The powerful portrait of the glorious Greek warrior Achilles presented in Homer's "Iliad" imbued a particular soldier with transcendent value, linking 'soldier' with 'hero' in Western culture. Tracing Achilles' appearances in the works of poets, generals, philosophers, priests, and patriots, Katherine Callen King establishes the moral or political significance attached to the hero as a response to shifting mores and contemporary issues.

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Author information

Katherine Callen King is Associate Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles