The story of the Trojan War is immortalized in Homer’s epic of epic poems, The Iliad and brought to life in Caroline Alexander’s The War That Killed Achilles – a work that Ken Burns calls “a triumph.” Through the hero Achilles, The Iliad draws on the true nature of what it means to be a soldier, to fight a conflict whose hallmarks are hardly honor and glory, but rather deception, betrayal, pride, violence, and the inescapability of fate. The War That Killed Achilles is a poignant dissection of the epic poem that is relevant to all wars, from ancient Greece through today’s Iraq.
Caroline Alexander is the author of the international bestsellers The Endurance and The Bounty and has written for The New Yorker, Granta, Smithsonian, Outside, and National Geographic. She studied philosophy and theology at Oxford as a Rhodes scholar and has a doctorate in classics from Columbia University.
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Benita Eisler, Author
Caroline Alexander, Author, The War That Killed Achilles
Simon Prebble, Narrator and Voice Actor
Recorded at Temple Israel, October 29, 2009. Runtime: 60 minutes.