Jonathan S. Burgess


On his book The Death and Afterlife of Achilles

Cover Interview of March 10, 2009


The Death and Afterlife of Achilles bestows to the modern reader of Homer what the ancient audience would have possessed: knowledge of the whole story of the hero’s life, death, and afterlife.  As a result, new pathways for understanding the Iliad are opened.  The book also bestows to the modern audience what the ancient audience did not have: recent archaeological data about cult worship of Achilles and about burial mounds believed to have been associated with him.

© 2009 Jonathan Burgess