ACHILLES WAS NOT A HERO: 7 reasons why Brad Pitt’s portrayal in “Troy” is terribly wrong.

"The Rage of Achilles" by Giovanni Batista Tiepolo.

“The Rage of Achilles” by Giovanni Batista Tiepolo. Source: Wikimedia








The “Hero” of The Iliad and of the 2004 movie Troy is, of course, fictional, but the book is based on real historical events. Troy is a (very) loose adaptation of The Iliad and the Achilles depicted in the book is nothing like Brad Pitt’s portrayal in the movie. We’ve compiled a list of things that the film’s depiction of the Greek hero has gotten very wrong.


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Achilles was merciless and bloodthirsty

In Homer’s poem, the author does not downplay Achilles’ mean streak, especially after his fight with Agamemnon when he delights in watching the Greeks being slaughtered by the Trojans, and after that when Achilles fights for the Greeks again with unbelievable mercilessness. Hector’s murder and Achilles’ despicable treatment of his body is one of the well-known illustrations of what Achilles was like.

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  • Boris

    I think this article doesn’t really understand the concept of historiography. By the standards of his time achilles was a great hero, especially for all the reasons stated here. His tempur tantrums were seen as justified by the greeks of his time, parentage was pretty much the only way a person was considered a hero (everyone was descended from some randy god) and he hardly manipulated his mother, she basically fed his petty desire for glory. Hector was also only a good guy by modern standards

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