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The Song of Achilles Summary
Madeline Miller

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  • The Song of Achilles: A Novel Summary & Study Guide

The Song of Achilles: A Novel Summary

Plot Summary

"The Song of Achilles", written by first-time novelist Madeline Miller in 2012, is based on the events preceding the Trojan War and Homer's "The Iliad". Winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction, the novel draws from many sources to present a fresh take on the ancient story.

In a world where Gods, demi-gods and people all live together, "The Song of Achilles" is the love story of Patroclus and Achilles. Both were born the sons of kings, but Patroclus' father exiles him when he is a boy after he accidentally kills a nobleman's son. He is shipped off to be raised by in Phthia, where he meets Achilles, son of the King, Peleus. They are the same age and soon Patroclus becomes the sworn companion of Achilles. They develop an intense bond, despite Achilles' mother's objections. She is a goddess so this is more easily said than done.


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