The Iliad, a foundational text in Western literature, focuses on Achilles, a hero consumed with pride who by the end of the poem is overwhelmed with grief over his lost friend. While eventually Achilles takes pity on the father of his most hated enemy, The Iliad remains tragic as so very many have been brutally killed in the Trojan War. Among the topics considered in this updated edition are the roles of Achilles and Helen, the Greeks' rules of behavior, the oral and literary conventions employed by the author, and man's internal and external motivations. Book jacket.
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