Heart of Achilles: Characterization and Personal Ethics in the "Iliad"

Heart of Achilles: Characterization and Personal Ethics in the "Iliad"


By (author) Graham Zanker


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  • Publisher: The University of Michigan Press
  • Format: Paperback | 184 pages
  • Dimensions: 148mm x 228mm x 16mm | 299g
  • Publication date: 1 December 1996
  • Publication City/Country: Ann Arbor, MI
  • ISBN 10: 0472084003
  • ISBN 13: 9780472084005
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition

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In "The Heart of Achilles, "Graham Zanker addresses the task of reconstructing the ethical thought-world in which the characters of the "Iliad "live and move. It is only against this background, Zanker argues, that we can convincingly place the ethical status of the heroes and their actions. This in turn helps us to form a comprehensive view of the "Iliad'"s" "characterization of its people, especially that of Achilles, by examining all his responses to the question of allegiance, the value of heroic prowess, and of life itself. "[Zanker] investigates altruistic behavior in the epic with professional sophistication but in a way that makes his investigation available to a wide audience from undergraduates to advanced scholars. . . . [A] very useful interpretative study." --"Choice" Graham Zanker is Senior Lecturer in Classics, University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

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