La Ilíada como palimpsestoLas “cóleras” de Aquiles en la pantalla

  1. Enrique Ramírez Guedes 1
  1. 1 Universidad de La Laguna

    Universidad de La Laguna

    San Cristobal de La Laguna, España



ISSN: 2530-6014

Year of publication: 2022

Issue: 11

Pages: 146-159

Type: Article

DOI: 10.24310/EVITERNARE.VI11.14113 DIALNET GOOGLE SCHOLAR lock_openDialnet editor

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The leitmotif and guiding thread of the Homeric poem is Achilles' famous wrath, provoked by the offence inflicted on him by Agamemnon, king of Mycenae and commander of the Achaean coalition, when he snatches the spoils of war that were the slave Briseis, and which leads the Pelid to abandon the battle, causing the Achaeans to suffer defeat after defeat by the Trojans and leading to the death of Patroclus at the hands of Hector. The story ends with Achilles taking revenge on the Trojan leader, outraging his corpse and returning it to Priam, King of Troy, for the funeral of Prince Hector. This should be the starting point for screenwriters and directors of films based on the Iliad, but for various reasons this does not happen in all cases. There are seven films, one of them a TV miniseries, dealing with the Trojan War, six of which include in one way or another the motif of Achilles' wrath. In three of these films there is no such provocation on the part of Agamemnon, in two others the motive for the wrath is substantially modified.

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