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Becoming Achilles

Richard Holway

Becoming Achilles

child-sacrifice, war, and misrule in the Iliad and beyond

by Richard Holway

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  • 38 Currently reading

Published by Lexington Books in Lanham, Md .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • History and criticism,
  • Families,
  • Psychology in literature,
  • Greek Epic poetry,
  • History

  • Edition Notes

    Includes bibliographical references and index.

    StatementRichard Holway
    SeriesGreek studies: interdisciplinary approaches
    Classifications
    LC ClassificationsPA4037 .H7725 2012
    The Physical Object
    Paginationxiv, 255 p. ;
    Number of Pages255
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL25263981M
    ISBN 100739146904, 0739146912, 0739146920
    ISBN 109780739146903, 9780739146910, 9780739146927
    LC Control Number2011028638
    OCLC/WorldCa727709877

      “Sing, goddess, of the terrible rage of Achilles,” begins the Iliad. The words resonated in me, lingering long after my mother had closed the book and turned out the light. Years later, when I became a student of Greek and Latin, I immediately sought out the Iliad.   The warrior Achilles is one of the great heroes of Greek mythology. According to legend, Achilles was extraordinarily strong, courageous and loyal, but he had one vulnerability–his “Achilles.

    This is a crucial book and a turning point because in it Zeus sits idly by knowing his son Sarpedon will be killed, and Achilles' friend Patroclus is also killed. Zeus knows that the death of Patroclus will force Achilles to fight for the Greeks (Achaeans/Danaans/Argives). Achilles is the first book in a sci-fi trilogy by Greg Boose. Set in the year , Earth is basically being ravaged by war. However, scientists have discovered a wormhole in space, which lead them to the discovery of a new galaxy, complete with a habitable planet called Thetis/5.

    This is ironic, as Achilles was given the choice of being a famous warrior with a short life or an obscure person with a long and fruitful life. He chose fame and an early death, and now says he. Madeline Miller (born J ) is an American novelist, author of The Song of Achilles () and Circe (). Miller spent ten years writing Song of Achilles while she worked as a Latin and Greek teacher. The novel tells the story of the love between the mythological figures Achilles and Patroclus; it won the Orange Prize for Fiction, making Miller the fourth debut novelist to win the Born: J (age 41), Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.


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Becoming Achilles by Richard Holway Download PDF EPUB FB2

As its title suggests, my book Becoming Achilles explores what is involved in making a certain kind of hero—a human being who manifests godlike excellence, superiority to ordinary mortals. It also explains an improbable conjunction: the archetypal Greek hero, Achilles, a paragon of violent hyper-masculinity, is a precursor of Socrates.

Viewing the Iliad and myth through the lens of modern psychology, in Becoming Achilles: Child-Sacrifice, War, and Misrule in the Iliad and Beyond, Richard Holway shows how the epic underwrites individual and communal catharsis and denial.

Sacrificial childrearing generates but also threatens agonistic, glory-seeking ancient Greek by: 1. Becoming Achilles is a worthy addition Becoming Achilles book the literature on the pedagogical effects of epic or tragedy Holway's book is to be recommended for the way it comes at well-worn material with a fresh perspective/5(4).

Viewing the Iliad and myth through the lens of modern psychology, in Becoming Achilles: Child-Sacrifice, War, and Misrule in the Iliad and Beyond, Richard Holway shows how the epic underwrites individual and communal catharsis and denial.

Sacrificial childrearing generates but also threatens agonistic, glory-seeking ancient Greek cultures. A tale of gods, kings, immortal fame, and the human heart, The Song of Achilles is a dazzling literary feat that brilliantly reimagines Homer’s enduring masterwork, The Iliad.

An action-packed adventure, an epic love story, a marvelously conceived and executed page-turner, Miller’s monumental debut novel has already earned resounding acclaim from some of contemporary fiction’s brightest lights—and fans of Cited by: 4.

The book rehabilitates the fictional character of Achilles, who has suffered at the hands of writers down the ages, e.g., Wm.

Shakespeare's portrait depicted the Greek hero in an unflattering light - petulant and pathologically arrogant - but Alexander's study is less of a two-dimensional cardboard by: 6.

Books shelved as achilles: The Song of Achilles Becoming Achilles book Madeline Miller, The Iliad by Homer, The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker, Ransom by David Malouf, a. Achilles by Elizabeth Cook is a slender book that delves into Greek Mythology and twisted romance to create a fast paced narrative.

A lovely read, would recommend to those interested in Achilles /5. I read The Song of Achilles many years ago, before I got into book reviewing, but it always bothered me that I didn’t have a proper review for this beautiful book.

I was a little apprehensive about rereading it, because I wasn’t sure if it would hold up and impact me the way it did many years ago/5. The Silence of the Girls is a novel by English novelist Pat recounts the events of the Iliad, chiefly from the point of view of Briseis.

Plot summary. The plot begins when Greeks led Achilles sack Lyrnessus, describing the looting and burning of the city, the massacre of its men and the abduction of its women including Briseis, the childless wife of its king : Pat Barker.

Becoming Achilles is an interesting and provocative work that offers a fresh way of thinking about warrior psychology. Given the complex associations being traced, it is also commendably readable, and typographical errors are very few. The major difficulties of the work are ones of : Sonya Nevin.

The greatest warrior in the Achaian army. The Iliad is about the Trojan War, but it is primarily about the war as it is affected by Achilles' wrath, or anger. Achilles is the main character, and his inaction, or withdrawal from the fighting, is crucial to the plot.

"Becoming Achilles" is part of the Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies/Lexington Books series, "Greek Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches," edited by Gregory Nagy. The book starts off well with the murders of Kyle Achilles family and his arrest. There is a bit of a dip in the action at this point but we are soon cross crossing the globe in an exciting search for reasons and criminals.

One caveat I have is the way Achilles interacts with his female side kick/5(K). "Viewing the Iliad and myth through the lens of modern psychology, in Becoming Achilles: Child-Sacrifice, War, and Misrule in the lliad and Beyond Richard Holway shows how the epic underwrites individual and communal catharsis and denial.

Sacrificial childrearing generates but also threatens agonistic, glory-seeking ancient Greek cultures. One of the most famous passages in the Iliad comes at the start of B when Achilles learns that his beloved companion Patroclus has.

As its title suggests, my book Becoming Achilles explores what is involved in making a certain kind of hero—a human being who manifests godlike excellence, superiority to ordinary also explains an improbable conjunction: the archetypal Greek hero, Achilles, a paragon of violent hyper-masculinity, is a precursor of Socrates.

To call a book The Armour of Achilles and to write in particular detail about the shield one must keep in mind why the armour existed. The armour had no meaning in its own right. It only existed as a vehicle for Achilles to avenge the death of Patroclus.

If Patroclus had not /5(90). Official US Site Official UK Site JIMMY Patterson Books ReadKiddoRead James Patterson is the world’s bestselling author and most trusted storyteller. He has created more enduring fictional characters than any other novelist writing today, with his Alex Cross, Michael Bennett, Women’s Murder Club, Private, NYPD Red, Daniel X, Maximum Ride, and Middle School series/5(9).

Although Achilles possesses superhuman strength and has a close relationship with the gods, he may strike modern readers as less than heroic. He has all the marks of a great warrior, and indeed proves the mightiest man in the Achaean army, but his deep-seated character flaws constantly impede his ability to act with nobility and integrity.

“Madeline Miller’s brilliant first novel, The Song of Achilles, is the story of great, passionate love between Achilles and Patroclus, as tragic as that of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet Even for a scholar of Greek literature, which Miller is, rewriting the Western world’s first and greatest war novel is an awesome task to.Achilles is moved by Priam’s words and courage.

The two men weep for their losses in the war. Achilles tells Priam that his father Peleus will never see him again. Achilles asks Priam to sit but Priam refuses, asking to ransom the body immediately.

Achilles asks Priam not to anger him, as he might kill him if .Book XVIII is made up of three major parts. First, after Achilles breaks down at the news of Patroklos' death, Thetis comes to comfort her son.

Much of this scene is a foreshadowing of the later death of Achilles. Second, in a long middle section, Achilles goes .