Review: ‘The Song of Achilles’ unveils a potentially hidden romance

The ISY Times

How we love Greek mythology. Every tale told, every king risen and fallen. Every hero’s tragic fate seems to unravel something inside us as well. A beautiful retelling of a tale told countless times ever since Homer’s “Iliad,” this is the story of the Trojan War. But most of all, it is a story of Achilles and Patroclus.

First brought to life by Homer, the “Iliad” is a Greek epic poem. The main characters being Helen of Troy, Paris, Menelaus, Achilles and Hector. Most have heard of Achilles,  but few, on the other hand, have heard of Patroclus. The story of Achilles is not complete without Patroclus, and neither is the story of the Trojan War. Madeline Miller’s “The Song of Achilles” captures the story from an entirely different standpoint.

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So, the story begins. Patroclus is borne to King Menoetius, proud and masculine, and his simple-minded…

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