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Achilles in Love: Intertextual Studies

Marco Fantuzzi


The Iliad is a poem whose events revolve around the “anger” of Achilles, and his personal fierceness and pursuit of glory remain, despite different and more complex nuances, the prevailing features of his characterization. This book proposes to investigate how different literary authors and visual artists at different periods responded to Achilles' “erotic life”, an aspect about which the Iliadwas almost completely silent. Achilles' loves expose a crack in the usually self-assured attitude of the hero, demonstrating the limits of epic heroism and the epic vision of the world. As such, these mo ... More

Keywords: heroism, of war and of love, history of sexuality, cross-dressing and initiation, depos, erotic poetry, Latin elegy, Homeric scholarship, iconography, Achilles, Briseis, Deidameia, Penthesileia, Patroclus

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199603626
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199603626.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marco Fantuzzi, author
Professor of Greek Literature, University of Macerata, Italy, and Visiting Professor at Columbia University, New York

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