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Why the tale of Achilles and his lover still has the power to move us

2 June 2012 4:13 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A debut novel that reinterprets Homer's Iliad is the latest in an array of works to be inspired by the classics

When Madeline Miller won the Orange prize for fiction last week for her debut novel The Song of Achilles, it seemed only natural to wonder how the mythical Greek hero of her book might celebrate. "I think he'd do it in a very epic way," she says, laughing. "And luckily one of the lovely sponsors [of the prize] gave me a very large bottle of champagne."

Miller's book, written in her spare time while she taught Latin in Us secondary schools, is based on Homer's Iliad and vividly reimagines the story of Patroclus, the brother-in-arms of Achilles. Although Miller's inspiration was ancient, her themes are undoubtedly modern: The Song of Achilles charts the deep and loving relationship between these two, same-sex characters in a time of war and brutality.

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