Romeo’s Achilles’ Heel: a literary comparison of Achilles and Romeo 

I often find that I use
Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet as a comparative reference when teaching the Iliad. It’s useful most notably in its tragic structure: while the Iliad isn’t classed as a tragedy as it pre-dates Aristotle’s Poetics, which lay down the observed rules of tragedy, it has many features typical of tragedy, and in Plato’s ‘Republic’ he refers to Homer as ‘protos didaskalos‘, “first teacher”, of the tragedians. Continue reading “Romeo’s Achilles’ Heel: a literary comparison of Achilles and Romeo “

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