Heart of Achilles: Characterization and Personal Ethics in the "Iliad" (Paperback)
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Short Description for Heart of Achilles Explores the moral choices and values Homer offers in his "Iliad"
- Published: 01 December 1996
- Format: Paperback 184 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780472084005 ISBN 10: 0472084003
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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.