Song of Achilles (Hardcover)

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Fans of Greek mythology: prepare to be swept away by this elegantly written, irresistible retelling of the Illiad!
Miller gives us everything I loved about the original - clashes of gods & mortals, epic love, thrilling battles, meditations on immortal fame - and even more that I didn't know I needed until reading. (In particular: the depth she brings to oft un-delved characters like Patroclus and Briseis)

— Lauren N

March 2012 Indie Next List


“It's a daunting effort to recast an ancient tale, but classics scholar Miller proves that she is worth of the task with this finely wrought debut grafted from the historical root of the Trojan War. By focusing on Achilles' near-fatherly love for Patroclus, we see an intimate side of the great Achilles, long overshadowed by Homer's portrayal of his exploits in war and his 'great rage' against the Trojans. Miller's homage to The Iliad is sharp and strengthened by her knowledge and exquisite prose.”
— Robert A. Geake, Brown University Bookstore, Providence, RI

Fall '12 Reading Group List


“It's a daunting effort to recast an ancient tale, but classics scholar Miller proves that she is worthy of the task with this finely wrought debut grafted from the historical root of the Trojan War. By focusing on Achilles' near-fatherly love for Patroclus, we see an intimate side of the great Achilles, long overshadowed by Homer's portrayal of his exploits in war and his 'great rage' against the Trojans. Miller's homage to The Iliad is sharp and strengthened by her knowledge and exquisite prose.”
— Robert A. Geake, Brown University Bookstore, Providence, RI

Product Details
ISBN: 9781408826423
Publisher: Bloomsbury UK
Publication Date: September 1st, 2011