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The Heart of Achilles

Characterization and Personal Ethics in the "Iliad"

By (author) Graham Zanker
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, United States
Published: 28th Feb 1994
Dimensions: w 229mm h 152mm
Weight: 500g
ISBN-10: 0472105140
ISBN-13: 9780472105144
Barcode No: 9780472105144
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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