Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. Despite their differences, the boys develop a tender friendship, a bond which blossoms into something deeper as they grow into young men.
Madeline Miller has a BA and MA from Brown University in Latin and Ancient Greek, and has been teaching both for the past nine years. She has also studied at the Yale School of Drama, specialising in adapting classical tales to a modern audience. The Song of Achilles is her first novel and was the winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction 2012.
In honor of all the students going back to school, I wanted to share one of my favorite Patroclus-related teaching stories. In my middle-school Latin class, we were discussing which gods had taken which sides in the Trojan War. I asked who was on the Greek side, and the students called out answers: “Athena!” “Hera!” …Read More
I first encountered Homer’s Iliad as a young child, when my mother read it to me as a bedtime story. It was love at first listen. Here is a short essay I wrote about that, published today in The Independent’s “Book of a Lifetime” series. In it, I mention one of my favorite similes from…Read More