The Iliad (“poem about Ilion, or Troy”) is an epic poem attributed to Homer (ca. 700 BC). Divided into twenty-four books, the poem deals with an episode that takes place during the tenth year of the Trojan War.
The story focuses on the Greek hero Achilles. After a quarrel with his commander-in-chief, Agamemnon, withdraws from the fighting. But when his compatriot – later sources claim lover – Patroclus is killed in battle by the Trojan champion Hector, Achilles returns to the battlefield. The Greek hero then confronts and kills Hector.
A Greek, presumably Attic, stand dated to ca. 710 BC and currently in Munich depicts a common theme: two warriors fighting over a corpse.
A lavishly produced television series that manages to make the story of the Trojan War utterly dull to watch. A waste of potential.
While modern audiences tend to be sympathetic towards the trickster hero Odysseus, a closer look reveals him to be a terrible person.
Some material in a doctoral thesis never makes the final cut, but can instead be turned into articles. An example is a peer-reviewed article that I wrote about romantic love in the Homeric epics.
The Trojan hero Aeneas, made famous by Virgil’s epic poem, has been the subject of ancient texts and art going as far back as Homer.
In the tenth book of the Iliad, Diomedes and Odysseus embark on a covert mission to spy on the Trojans.
Heavy metal band Manowar turned the Iliadic conflict between Achilles and Hector into an epic, eight-part song.
A justifiably admired passage from the Iliad, Homer’s epic poem, emphasizes how life is short and therefore precious.
The description of Achilles’ shield in the Iliad tells us much about what Homer’s views might have been on warfare and violence.
How do the worlds created by Homer in his epic poems relate to historical and archaeological realities?