Madeline Miller – Kolkata 2013-02-03 4377 Cropped. Miller spent ten the song of achilles free pdf writing the book while she worked as a Latin and Greek teacher.
Miller the fourth debut novelist to win the prize. Miller was born on July 24, 1978 in Boston and grew up in New York City and Philadelphia. After graduating from Brown University with a bachelor’s and master’s in Classics, Miller went on to teach Latin, Greek and Shakespeare to high school students. Miller lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts teaching and writing. Miller’s debut novel, was released in September 2011. The book took her ten years to write.
Patroclus was and what he meant to Achilles. The idea that Patroclus and Achilles were lovers is quite old. Many Greco-Roman authors read their relationship as a romantic one—it was a common and accepted interpretation in the ancient world. Achilles speaks of his and Patroclus’ ‘frequent kisses.
Homer never makes it explicit. For me, the most compelling piece of evidence, aside from the depth of Achilles’ grief, is how he grieves: Achilles refuses to burn Patroclus’ body, insisting instead on keeping the corpse in his tent, where he constantly weeps and embraces it—despite the horrified reactions of those around him. That sense of physical devastation spoke deeply to me of a true and total intimacy between the two men. Achilles’ childhood friendship with Patroclus and his martial training. Miller also uses quotes from Homer in the text. Miller being “the dark horse in this year’s race”. Homer would be proud of her.