Achilles in Love: Intertextual Studies

Achilles in Love: Intertextual Studies


By (author) Marco Fantuzzi


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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 338 pages
  • Dimensions: 146mm x 218mm x 24mm | 540g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199603626
  • ISBN 13: 9780199603626
  • Illustrations note: 9 in text illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,294,628

Product description

Achilles in Love: Intertextual Studies traces the escapades of Achilles' erotic history, whether in same-sex or opposite-sex relationships, and how they were developed and revealed, or elided and concealed, in the writing and visual arts following Homer. The volume investigates how different authors and artists responded to this most controversial aspect of Achilles' character, in comparison to the fiery personality that was shaped by the Iliad and was often considered 'canonical' for his character. Through analyzing Achilles in love from the time of Homer all the way down to the Latin poets of the first century BC and AD, the Ilias Latina, and the authors and iconography of the imperial age, this book makes both novel and productive connections between poetic texts, pictorial images, and literary genres which tried time and time again to capture Achilles' ever-shifting role within the world of eros.

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Author information

Marco Fantuzzi is Professor of Greek Literature at the University of Macerata, Italy and Visitng Professor at Columbia University, New York. He is author of Tradition and Innovation in Hellenistic Poetry (with R. Hunter) and has co-edited Brill's Companion to Greek and Latin Pastoral (with T. Papanghelis).

Review quote

Marco Fantuzzi's study Achilles in Love is the first in-depth analysis of Achilles' four main erotic relationships... There is real value in Fantuzzi's meticulous and thorough collation of material,... and in the literary connections that he makes. Helen Morales, The Times Literary Supplement

Table of contents

FOREWORD ; 1. Introduction ; 2. Deidameia ; 3. Briseis ; 4. Comrades in love ; 5. Flirting with the enemy ; BIBLIOGRAPHY