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The Song of Achilles – Resources

Scratch Game

A game I created with Scratch to test some knowledge of characters in the novel. Click the image below to open the game.

A game to test knowledge of characters in 'The Song of Achilles' by Madeline Miller.


Author’s Website The ‘find out more’ section includes character glossaries, a reader’s guide, a slideshow and commentary about the author’s trip to Troy, and essays.


Interviews and Articles

Q&A with Madeline Miller‘,

‘Live webchat with Madeline Miller’The Guardian, 30 August 2013.

‘The Song of Achilles’, UCL (Department of Greek and Latin), 24th November 2012.

‘The Saturday interview: Madeline Miller, Orange prize winner’The Guardian, 22 June 2012.

‘An Old Song with a New Melody: An Interview with Madeline Miller’, Ancient History et cetera, 21 June 2012.

‘Paperback Q&A: Madeline Miller on The Song of Achilles’, The Guardian, 1 May 2012.

‘Gregory Maguire interviews Madeline Miller!’, HarperCollins Library, 22 December 2011.

‘Interview with Madeline Miller’, roarings20s, 14 December 2011.

I would like to hear Achilles sing‘, Histo-Couch, 7 December 2011.



Book trailer.


Miller speaking about the novel.


Part one of Miller's reading and Q&A as part of the Summer Reading Presentation at Wentworth Institute of Technology on 9 October 2014.


Part two of Miller's reading and Q&A as part of the Summer Reading Presentation at Wentworth Institute of Technology on 9 October 2014.


Miller reading from and discussing the novel at The Center of Fiction on 23 October 2012.


Madeline Miller and Gregory Maguire talk about the novel.


Staged production produced by the Newton Theatre Company in March 2014. Part One: Before Troy.


Staged production produced by the Newton Theatre Company in September 2014. Part Two: Troy.


25 TV Adverts

Collection of TV Adverts


Apple: Misunderstood

December 2013.


Cadbury: The Not-So-Secret Secret

February 2013.


Cadbury: Savour

January 2014.


Deep RiverRock: Café

April 2013.


Dulux: Colour Prohibition (#ChangeYourStory)

February 2014.


Dulux: Paint Mixing (#ChangeYourStory)

May 2014.


Eircom: Sleeveface

January 2011.


General Election (GE): Childlike Imagination

February 2014.


Google: Nexus 5 – I Do

November 2013.


Ikea: Bed for Life

April 2013.


John Lewis: The Bear and The Hare

November 2014.


Lindt: Lost (feat. Roger Federer)

August 2012.


Lucozade: Powered by Glucose (Dan in Ireland)

April 2013.


McDonald’s: Baby

April 2010.


Microsoft: Don’t Fight (Windows Phone)

April 2013.


National Lottery: Rainbow

August 2010.


Nike: Possibilities

August 2013.


Nissan: Polar Bear

May 2012.


No Nonsense Insurance: Zombie

February 2009.


Otto: Cactus

April 2013.


Renault: Afford to Live Again

January 2013.


Schweppes: John Cleese / James Bond

January 1990.


Sky: Fibre Broadband (feat. Al Pacino)

June 2013.


Volkswagen: The Force

February 2011.


Volkswagen: Tall Girl

April 2013.




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35 Short Films

Collection of Short Films


Alive in Joburg (2006; dir. Neill Blomkamp)

An eerie tale of a close encounter of the third kind in Johannesburg. Blomkamp's film District 9 is loosely based on this short.


Badgered (2005; dir. Sharon Colman)

The tale of a grumpy badger who just wants the world to let him sleep.


Badly Drawn Roy (2004; dir. Alan Shannon)

Meet Roy, Ireland's only living animated character, born into an ordinary 'live action' family. Roy is intelligent but unfortunately for him he is badly drawn. His failure to gain steady employment finally leads him to Hollywood in search of fame, fortune and corrective surgery.


Blinky™ (2011; dir. Ruairi Robinson)

Soon every home will have a robot helper. Don't worry. It's perfectly safe.


Caine’s Arcade (2012; dir. Nirvan Mullick)

A 9 year old boy who built an elaborate cardboard arcade in his dad's auto parts store is about to have the best day of his life and inspire the world.


Doodlebug (1997; dir. Christopher Nolan)

A man waits patiently in his apartment to squash a bug, by he could be hurting himself more than he realises.


Free Chips Forever (2009; dir. Claire Dix)

Becky and her Dad are invincible chip robbers. Nothing can stand in their way. Nothing, that is, except her brother Tom.


Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty (2008; dir. Nicky Phelan)

Granny O'Grimm, a seemingly sweet old lady, loses the plot as she tells her version of Sleeping Beauty to her terrified grandchild.


Gumdrop (2012; dir. Kerry Conran and Stephen Lawes)

A robot's life story emerges during a casting session.


Head Over Heels (2012; dir. Timothy Reckart)

After many years of marriage, Walter and Madge have grown apart: he lives on the floor and she lives on the ceiling. When Walter tries to reignite their old romance, their equilibrium comes crashing down, and the couple that can’t agree which way is up must find a way put their marriage back together.


Johnny Express (2014; dir. James (Kyungmin) Woo)

It's 2150. Johnny is a space delivery man who travels to different planets to deliver packages. However, it never goes as planned...


La Maison en Petits Cubes (2008; dir. Kunio Katō)

As his town is flooded by water, an old man is forced to add additional levels onto his home with bricks (cubes) in order to stay dry. But when he accidentally drops his favorite smoking pipe into the lower levels of his home, his search for the pipe eventually makes him relive scenes from his eventful life.


Mr Foley (2009; dir. Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman, also known as D.A.D.D.Y.)

Sound effects Mr Foley, but he doesn't know the score.


Mr Hublot (2013; dir. Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares)

Mr Hublot lives in a world where characters made partially of mechanical parts, driving huge vehicles, rub shoulders with each other. A world where the giant scale of machines and the relentless use of salvaged materials reign supreme. A withdrawn, idiosyncratic character with OCD, Mr Hublot is scared of change and the outside world. His solution: he doesn't step foot outside his apartment! The arrival of the dog Robot Pet will turn his life upside down: he has to share his home with this very invasive companion...


My Mom’s Motorcycle (2014; dir. Douglas Gautraud)

A short film about how people use objects to connect with times, ideas, and people.


My Strange Grandfather (2011; dir. Dina Velikovskaya)

A creative person often seems weird, funny and a little bit crazy. Even his friends and family do not always understand him and often feel ashamed of him. But sometimes he can create a real miracle - merely from garbage.


New Boy (2007; dir. Steph Green)

Based on a short story by Roddy Doyle this poignant and comedic short film deftly captures the experience of being the new boy in school through the eyes of Joseph, a nine-year-old African boy.


Paperman (2010; dir. Richard Kelly)

A lone man's quest to find his true love in a busy paper metropolis. Will he find the Papergirl he hopes for? This is the story of Paperman.


Paperman (2012; dir. John Kahrs)

An urban office worker finds that paper airplanes are instrumental in meeting a girl in ways he never expected.


Signs (2010; dir. Vincent Gallagher)

There is magic in what we see every day, sometimes you just have to look hard enough.


Some One Not Like You (2009; Virtual Cinema)

A note begins with one man and gets passed from person to person, but what is it all about?


The Black Hole (2008; Philip Sansom and Olly Williams)

A sleep-deprived office worker accidentally discovers a black hole - and then greed gets the better of him...


The Crush (2010; dir. Michael Creagh)

An 8-year old schoolboy is so besotted with his teacher that he challenges her boyfriend to a duel... to the death.


The Eagleman Stag (2010; dir. Mikey Please)

If you repeat the word 'fly' for long enough it sounds like you are saying 'life'. This is of no help to Peter. His answers lie in the brain of the beetle.


The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore (2011; dir. William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg)

After a hurricane levels his city, a young man wanders into a mysterious library where books literally come to life.


The Gift (2010; dir. Carl E. Rinsch)

A messenger delivers a mysterious box to a wealthy man.


The Herd (2009; dir. Ken Wardrop)

A farmer and his mother discuss the arrival of a strange animal amongst their herd of Limousin cattle.


The Lady and the Reaper (2009; dir. Javier Recio Gracia)

A sweet old lady is living alone in her farm, waiting for the arrival of death to meet her beloved husband again. One night, while sleeping, her life fades out and she is invited to cross death's door. But when she is about to do so, the old lady wakes up inside a hospital's ward: and arrogant doctor has taken her back to life and he will fight hard against death to recover the old lady's life at any cost. A comical short showing how fast medicine rushes to save the elderly, even if they may not want to be saved from death.


The Longest Daycare (2012; dir. David Silverman)

Maggie Simpson spends the day in the Ayn Rand School for Tots.


The Lunch Date (1989; dir. Adam Davidson)

A woman misses her train and buys lunch in a café. When she returns to her table, a man is eating her salad.


The Rooster, The Crocodile and The Night Sky (2008; dir. Padraig Fagan)

A tale of passion, loss, surreal comedy and explosive violence. Animated in a cut-out style combining cardboard, tinfoil, paint on glass and super 8 film creating a dreamy, hand-made aesthetic.


The White Dress (2006; dir. Vanessa Gildea)

The White Dress is the story of a girl on her communion day, but unlike most other little girls, she is making her communion all on her own.


The Wonderful Story of Kelvin Kind (2004; dir. Ian Power)

Kelvin Kind, a wonderful loser with a heart of gold, is blissfully unaware of his own loneliness. But when a beautiful girl moves into the apartment across the hall, Kelvin's solitary world is turned upside down. As he tries in vain to get the girl's attention, Kelvin is soon forced to realise that being in love isn't easy for nice guys...


This Way Up (2008; dir. Adam Foulkes and Alan Smith, also known as Smith & Foulkes)

A.T. Shank & Son have a bad day at the parlour when a falling boulder flattens their hearse. Emotional and literal pitfalls lie in wait for the odd couple as they make their way cross country with just a coffin for company. This short animated caper puts the fun back into funeral as their journey and relationship unravel on an epic scale.


Umbra (2010; dir. Malcolm Sutherland)

An explorer adventures into an unknown world, yet it seems that he has been there before.




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The Merchant of Venice – Quotes

Title Page (The Merchant of Venice, Quarto 1, Boston Public Library)

Title Page (The Merchant of Venice, Quarto 1, Boston Public Library)

From The Merchant of Venice, Quarto 1, Boston Public Library

From The Merchant of Venice, Quarto 1, Boston Public Library













1.1.79-81 Antonio: I hold the world but as the world, Gratiano; / A stage where every man must play a part, / And mine a sad one.

1.1.132-133 Bassanio: To you, Antonio, / I owe the most in money and in love

1.1.140 Antonio: My purse, my person, my extremest means, / Lie all unlocked to your occasions.

1.1.148: Bassanio: I owe you much and, like a wilful youth, / That which I owe is lost.

1.1.163 Bassanio: In Belmont is a lady richly left, / And she is fair and, fairer than that word, / Of wondrous virtues

1.1.182 Antonio: Try what my credit in Venice can do

1.2.15 Portia: I may neither choose / whom I would, nor refuse whom I dislike, so is the will of a living daughter curbed / by the will of a dead father.

1.2.84-85 Portia: If he have the condition of a saint / and the complexion of a devil, I had rather he should shrive me than wive me.

1.3.11-12 Shylock: My meaning in saying he is a good man is to have you / understand me that he is sufficient.

1.3.24-26 Shylock: I will buy with you, sell with you, talk with you, / walk with you, and so following, but I will not eat with you, drink with you, nor / pray with you.

1.3.29-34, 38-39 Shylock [aside]: I hate him for he is a Christian, / But more, for that in low simplicity / He lends out money gratis and brings down / The rate of usance here with us in Venice. / If I can catch him once upon the hip, / I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him… Cursed be my tribe / If I forgive him!

1.3.49-52 Antonio: I neither lend nor borrow / By taking nor by giving of excess, / Yet to supply the ripe wants of my friend, / I’ll break a custom.

1.3.89, 93 Antonio: The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose… what a goodly outside falsehood hath!

1.3.102-3, 105, 116-118 Shylock: You call me misbeliever, cut-throat dog, / And spit upon my Jewish gaberdine… it now appears you need my help… you spat on me on Wednesday last; / You spurned me such a day; another time / You called me dog

1.3.120-122, 125-127 Antonio: I am as like to call thee so again, / To spit on thee again, to spurn thee too… lend it rather to thine enemy, / Who, if he break, thou mayst with better face / Exact the penalties.

1.3.129-132, 140-143, 155-158, 160-162, 165 Shylock: I would be friends with you and have your love, / Forget the shames that you have stained me with, / Supply your present wants and take no doit / Of usance for my moneys… let the forfeit / Be nominated for an equal pound / Of your fair flesh, to be cut off and taken / In what part of your body it pleaseth me… If he should break his day, what should I gain / By the exaction of the forfeiture? / A pound of man’s flesh taken from a man / Is not so estimable, profitable neither… To buy his favour, I extend this friendship: / If he will take it, so, if not, adieu. / And for my love, I pray you wrong me not… this merry bond.

1.3.170-171 Antonio: Hie thee, gentle Jew. / This Hebrew will turn Christian, he grows kind.

1.3.172 Bassanio: I like not fair terms and a villain’s mind.

2.1.1 Morocco: Mislike me not for my complexion

2.1.15 Portia: the lott’ry of my destiny / Bars me from the right of voluntary choosing.

2.2.14-15, 16-17 Lancelet: I should stay with the Jew, my master, who, God bless the mark, is a / kind of devil… Certainly the Jew is the very devil / incarnation

2.2.49-50 Lancelet: It is a / wise father that knows his own child.

2.2.73 Lancelet: I am a Jew if I serve the Jew any longer.

2.2.104 Lancelet [to Bassanio]: you have the grace of God, sir, and he hath enough.

2.3.2 Jessica: Our house is hell

2.3.15-19 Jessica: To be ashamed to be my father’s child! / But though I am a daughter to his blood, / I am not to his manners. O Lorenzo, / If thou keep promise, I shall end this strife, / Become a Christian and thy loving wife.

2.5.34 Shylock: My sober house.

2.5.53-54 Jessica: if my fortune be not crossed, / I have a father, you a daughter lost.

2.7.80 Portia: Let all of his complexion choose me so.

2.8.12-17, 21-22 Solanio: I never heard a passion so confused, / So strange, outrageous, and so variable, / As the dog Jew did utter in the streets: / ‘My daughter! O my ducats! O my daughter! / Fled with a Christian! O my Christian ducats! / Justice, the law, my ducats, and my daughter!… Find the girl, / She hath the stones upon her, and the ducats’.

2.8.37, 47-50 Salerio: I saw Bassanio and Antonio part… his eye being big with tears, / Turning his face, he put his hand behind him, / And with affection wondrous sensible / He wrung Bassanio’s hand, and so they parted.

2.8.51 Solanio: I think he only loves the world for him [i.e. Bassanio is all he lives for].

3.1.37-40, 44, 45-49 Shylock: If it will feed nothing else, it will feed my revenge. He / hath disgraced me, and hindered me half a million, laughed at my losses, mocked / at my gains, scorned my nation, thwarted my bargains, cooled my friends, heated / mine enemies, and what’s the reason? I’m a Jew… If you prick us, do we not bleed?… And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge? If we were like you in / the rest, we will resemble you in that. If a Jew wrong a Christian, what is his / humility? Revenge. If a Christian wrong a Jew, what should his sufferance be by / Christian example? Why, revenge. The villainy you teach me I will execute, and it / shall go hard but I will better the instruction.

3.1.59-60 Shylock: I would / my daughter were dead at my foot, and the jewels in her ear!

3.1.78 Tubal: One of them showed me a ring that he had of your daughter for a monkey.

3.2.174-177 Portia: I give them with this ring, / Which when you part from, lose or give away, / Let it presage the ruin of your love / And be my vantage to exclaim on you.

3.2.266-268 Bassanio: I have engaged myself to a dear friend, / Engaged my friend to his mere enemy, / To feed my means.

3.2.325 Bassanio [reading letter]: ‘Notwithstanding, use your pleasure, if your love do not persuade / you to come, let not my letter’.

3.3.5-6 Shylock: I’ll have my bond. Speak not against my bond. / I have sworn an oath that I will have my bond.

3.3.29, 31-32 Antonio: The duke cannot deny the course of law… if it be denied, / Will much impeach the justice of the state

3.4.16-17 Portia: this Antonio, / Being the bosom lover of my lord, / Must needs be like my lord

3.5.1-2 Lancelet: the sins of the father are to be laid upon the / children

3.5.7-8 Lancelet: you may partly hope that your father got you not, that you are not / the Jew’s daughter

3.5.14 Jessica: I shall be saved by my husband. He hath made by a Christian.

3.5.22-23 Jessica: [Lancelet] tells me / flatly there is no mercy for my in heaven because I am a Jew’s daughter

4.1.5-6 Duke: A stony adversary, an inhuman wretch / Uncapable of pity, void and empty / From any dram of mercy.

4.1.11-14 Antonio: I do oppose / My patience to his fury, and am armed / To suffer with a quietness of spirit / The very tyranny and rage of his.

4.1.26-27, 35 Duke: touched with humane gentleness and love, / Forgive a moiety of the principal… We all expect a gentle answer, Jew.

4.1.37-38 Shylock: by our Holy Sabbath have I sworn / To have the due and forfeit of my bond

4.1.60-62 Shylock: can I give no reason, nor will I not, / More than a lodged hate and a certain loathing / I bear Antonio

4.1.67 Bassanio: Do all men kill the things they do not love?

4.1.68 Shylock: Hates any man the thing he would not kill?

4.1.69 Bassanio: Every offence is not a hate at first.

4.1.70 Shylock: What, wouldst thou have a serpent sting thee twice?

4.1.84 Antonio: Let me have judgement and the Jew his bond.

4.1.85 Bassanio: For thy three thousand ducats here is six.

4.1.88 Shylock: I would have my bond!

4.1.89 Duke: How shalt thou hope for mercy, rend’ring none?

4.1.90-91, 94-95, 98-104 Shylock: What judgement shall I dread, doing no wrong? / You have among you many a purchased slave… Shall I say to you, / Let them be free, marry them to your heirs?… You will answer / ‘The slaves are ours’. So do I answer you: / The pound of flesh which I demand of him / Is dearly bought, ’tis mine and I will have it. / If you deny me, fie upon your law! / There is no force in the decrees of Venice. / I stand for judgement.

4.1.114-115 Bassanio: The Jew shall have my flesh, blood, bones and all. / Ere thou shalt lose for me one drop of blood.

4.1.116-117, 119-120 Antonio: I am the tainted wether of the flock, / Meetest for death… You cannot be better employed, Bassanio, / Than to live still and write mine epitaph.

4.1.123 Bassanio: Why dost thou whet thy knife so earnestly?

4.1.124  Shylock: To cut the forfeiture from that bankrupt there.

4.1.125-126 Gratiano: Not on thy sole, but on thy soul, harsh Jew, / Thou mak’st thy knife keen.

4.1.144 Shylock: I stand here for law.

4.1.171 Portia/Balthasar: Which is the merchant here, and which the Jew?

4.1.182 Portia: Then must the Jew be merciful.

4.1.183 Shylock: On what compulsion must I? Tell me that.

4.1.184-187, 195-200 Portia: The quality of mercy is not strained, / It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven / Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest: / It blesseth him that gives and him that takes… It is an attribute to God himself; / And earthly powers doth then show likest God’s / When mercy seasons justice: therefore, Jew, / Though justice be thy plea, consider this, / That in the course of justice, none of us / Should seek salvation.

4.1.206-207 Shylock: My deeds upon my head! I crave the law, / The penalty and forfeit of my bond.

4.1.218-219 Portia: there is no power in Venice / Can alter a decree establishèd.

4.1.228-230 Shylock: An oath, an oath, I have an oath in heaven. / Shall I lay perjury upon my soul? / No, not for Venice.

4.1.247 Portia: You must prepare your bosom for his knife.

4.1.258-259 Portia: Are there balance here to weigh / The flesh?

4.1.260 Shylock: I have them ready.

4.1.261-262 Portia: Have by some surgeon, Shylock, on your charge, / To stop his wounds, lest he should bleed to death.

4.1.263 Shylock: Is it so nominated in the bond?

4.1.264-265 Portia: It is not so expressed, but what of that? / ’Twere good you do so much charity.

4.1.266 Shylock: I cannot find it, ’tis not in the bond.

4.1.279-281 Antonio: Say how I loved you; speak me fair in death. / And when the tale is told, bid her be judge / Whether Bassanio had not once a love.

4.1.288-289 Bassanio: life itself, my wife, and all the world, / Are not with me esteemed above thy life.

4.1.294-296 Gratiano: I have a wife, whom, I protest, I love. / I would she were in heaven, so she could / Entreat some power to change this currish Jew.

4.1.299-301 Shylock: These be the Christian husbands. I have a daughter. / Would any of the stock of Barabbas / Had been her husband rather than a Christian.

4.1.310-316 Portia: This bond doth give thee here no jot of blood. / The words expressly are ‘a pound of flesh’. / Then take thy bond, take thou thy pound of flesh, / But in the cutting it, if thou dost shed / One drop of Christian blood, thy lands and goods / Are by the laws of Venice confiscate / Unto the state of Venice.

4.1.318 Shylock: Is that the law?

4.1.319-321 Portia: Thyself shalt see the act, / For thou urgest justice, be assured, / Thou shalt have justice, more than thou desirest.

4.1.327-328 Portia: The Jew shall have all justice. Soft, no haste. / He shall have nothing but the penalty.

4.1.342 Shylock: Give me my principal, and let me go.

4.1.344-345 Portia: He hath refused it in open court. / He shall have merely justice and his bond.

4.1.381-384 Shylock: Nay, take my life and all. Pardon not that. / You take my house when you do take the prop / That doth sustain my house. You take my life/ When you do take the means whereby I live.

4.1.388, 393-397 Antonio: quit the fine for one half of his goods… that for this favour / He presently become a Christian. / The other, that he do record a gift / Here in court of all he dies possessed / Unto his son Lorenzo and his daughter.

4.1.403-405 Shylock: I pray you give me leave to go from hence, / I am not well. Send the deed after me, / And I will sign it.

4.1.415-146 Duke: Antonio, gratify this gentleman, / For in my mind you are much bound to him.

5.1.144-145 Bassanio: this is Antonio, / To whom I am so infinitely bound.

5.1.146-147 Portia: You should in all sense be much bound to him, / For, as I hear, he was much bound for you.

5.1.205-27, 210 Bassanio: If you did know to whom I gave the ring, / If you did know for whom I gave the ring, / And would conceive for what I gave the ring… You would abate the strength of your displeasure.

5.1.265-267 Antonio: I dare be bound again, / My soul upon the forfeit, that your lord / Will never more break faith advisedly.

5.1.283-284 Portia: Portia was the doctor, / Nerissa there her clerk.

5.1.299-300 Bassanio: Sweet doctor, you shall be my bedfellow, / When I am absent, then lie with my wife.

Link to film adaptation of The Merchant of Venice (2004, directed by Michael Radford, starring Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons):