The Homeless Journey

  • Michael Lynn-George
Part of the Language, Discourse, Society book series (LDS)


The final book of the Iliad works towards the achievement of a satisfying conclusion for the narrative, some form of resolution which would put an end to the changeless scene of revenge with which the book opens. In its subtle temporal modulation from the description of one particular sleepless night to an indeterminate period of time drawn out in aimless wandering along the edge of the sea before the break of dawn, the narrative traces the drift into futility for a form of revenge repeated with an increasing loss of force and sense as Achilles’ abuse of the corpse of Hektor fails to satisfy his sense of loss for a slain and buried friend:

And the rest of them took thought of their dinner and of sweet sleep and its enjoyment; only Achilleus wept still as he remembered his beloved companion, nor did sleep

who subdues all come over him, but he tossed from one side to the other

in longing for Patroklos, for his manhood and his great strength

and all the actions he had seen to the end with him, and the hardships


Final Book Pure Present Indefinite Future Sway Back Defensive Wall 
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