Review of: Achilles and Hector – The Homeric Hero

Steven Berg, Achilles and Hector: The Homeric Hero, Review of Metaphysics, Vol 60:2 (Dec. 2006), 387-389


“At the age of twenty-five, Seth Benardete presented his PhD dissertation on Homer’s Iliad to his committee at the University of Chicago. That dissertation has now been published posthumously as a book under its original title — Achilles and Hector: The Homeric Hero. This is only fitting, since the work exceeds in a startling way all measures established for the assessment of the performance of doctoral candidates. It is, in face, the first fruit of a mind of extraordinary power, capable of producing, at an age when most are idle or halting, an indispensable guide to Homer’s craft and thought. In the broad field of Homer scholarship it finds its match only in the study of the Odyssey that same completed in the last years of life.”