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Paradigms of the War Hero from Homer to the Middle Ages

Katherine Callen King, Deborah Nourse Lattimore (Illustrator)


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The powerful portrait of the glorious Greek warrior Achilles presented in Homer's Iliad imbued a particular soldier with transcendent value, linking "soldier" with "hero" in Western culture. Tracing Achilles' appearances in the works of poets, generals, philosophers, priests, and patriots, Katherine Callen King establishes the moral or political significance attached to the hero as a response to shifting mores and contemporary issues.

University of California Press, 9780520074071, 356pp.

Publication Date: January 7, 1991

About the Author

Katherine Callen King is Associate Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles