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Reply To: Priam and Achilles from the Iliad, Book XXIV


Such a compassionate, evocative reading, Michael – one made more so by the context you provide (which also conveys a glimpse of just how fortunate your students must have been). This has always struck me as the most human moment in the Iliad, which is actually full of human moments, good and ill – but your rendering is particularly moving.

That’s the power of literature, and the power of myth …