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Perfidy and Passion: Reintroducing the Iliad
by Mark Buchan
University of Wisconsin Press, 2012
Paper: 978-0-299-28634-7 | eISBN: 978-0-299-28633-0
Library of Congress Classification PA4037.B785 2012
Dewey Decimal Classification 883.01

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Homer’s Iliad is often considered a poem of blunt truthfulness, his characters’ motivation pleasingly simple. A closer look, however, reveals a complex interplay of characters who engage in an awful lot of lies. Beginning with Achilles, who hatches a secret plot to destroy his own people, Mark Buchan traces motifs of deception and betrayal throughout the poem. Homer’s heroes offer bluster, their passion linked to and explained by their lack of authenticity. Buchan reads Homer’s characters between the lies, showing how the plot is structured individual denial and what cannot be said.



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