Shield of Achilles

Elizabeth Stockdale

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The Shield of Achilles is described in Iliad 18.478‒608 as it is being made by Hephaistos. It is an evolving description that remains unfinished. This essay details the ekphrasis of the shield and considers the main arguments regarding the analysis of the shield including different methods of ekphrasis, Greek philological observations, and specific comparative historical linguistic discussions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Cambridge Guide to Homer
EditorsCorinne Ondine Pache, Casey Dué, Susan Lupack, Robert Lamberton
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press (CUP)
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781139225649
ISBN (Print)9781107027190
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Homer
  • Homeric Epic
  • Homeric studies
  • Iliad
  • ekphrasis
  • ancient Greek epic
  • ancient Greek literature
  • Achilles
  • ancient epic


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