In Achilles Hero of Troy we have one of the most gripping and tragic elements of one of the world’s favorite epic stories. The Iliad still entrances as it is re-told in various forms and from different perspectives.
Great yarns about Odysseus have captivated readers since Homer released his tale. As popular is the tragic and heroic tale of Achilles
Today, book lovers (& viewers) have a variety of perspectives that re-tell the tale of this hero for all tastes and interest.
It’s a pity that the movie of Troy, with Brad Pitt, didn’t stick more closely to Homers tale. It didn’t need to alter anything – it is a gripping yarn that enthralls without the fiddling the movie did. Still Brad Pitt visually was a perfect Achilles, and Peter O’Toole a great Priam.
The following books are a selection of versions of the Achilles story that any reader and lover of Homer’s epic will enjoy.
Reading them brings the story alive again for us so far removed from that ancient time.
THE SONG OF ACHILLES by Madeline Miller THE ARMOUR OF ACHILLES by Glynn Illife ACHILLES A LOVE STORY by Byrne Fone
THE ILLIAD (Stephen Mitchell Translation) Everyone should read this. It may help to read Colleen McCullough's SONG OF TROY first.
THE ILIAD by Homer (The Stephen Mitchell translation) THE RAGE OF ACHILLES by Terence Hawkins THE ODYSSEY by Homer - You have to see what happens to Odysseus (Ulysses)
Hawkins has a very different view of Achilles - seeing him as monstrous. I am more a romantic and see Achilles Hero of troy more from a viewpoint that Mary Renault might have written about.