Achilles: Paradigms of the War Hero from Homer to the Middle Ages (Paperback)
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Short Description for Achilles Presents a portrait of the glorious Greek warrior Achilles. This book establishes the moral or political significance attached to the hero as a response to shifting mores and contemporary issues.
- Published: 01 March 1991
- Format: Paperback 356 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780520074071 ISBN 10: 0520074076
- Sales rank: 587,270
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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.