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An original and groundbreaking book that examines the psychological devastation of war by comparing the soldiers of Homer’s Iliad with Vietnam veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorderIn this strikingly original and groundbreaking book, Dr. Shay examines the psychological devastation of war by comparing the soldiers of Homer’s Iliad with Vietnam veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Although the Iliad was written twenty-seven centuries ago it has much to teach a…

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Did ancient/med evil warrior’s suffer from PTSD to the extent that modern day soldiers do?(r/AskHistorians)

There’s a book called “Achilles in Vietnam” written by a Psychiatrist who specializes in PTSD treatment, John Shay. The discussions that /u/American_Graffiti linked to below talk about this as well as other books, however this is the only one I’ve read.

The basic premise of Shay’s book is that you can look at the accounts of warriors in the Homeric texts and treat them as a description of behavior that turns out to be very consistent with the behavior he sees treating modern vets with PTSD.

It’s not a work of classical scholarship, and makes (insofar as I can remember) no claims about the literal veracity of Homer’s work; i.e. he’s not investigating whether there was an actual Achilles who suffered from PTSD. Instead he’s investigating whether the stories contain useful or accurate descriptions of the psychological trauma that soldiers faced.

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$5.1

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Book Binding

Paperback

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ABIS_BOOK

Book Author

Jonathan Shay

Book Edition

1St Edition

Book Publisher

Simon & Schuster

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Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character

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Did ancient/med evil warrior’s suffer from PTSD to the extent that modern day soldiers do?

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