Iliad

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.

Odysseus the jerk

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Odysseus the jerk

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While modern audiences tend to be sympathetic towards the trickster hero Odysseus, a closer look reveals him to be a terrible person.

Romantic love in Homer

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Romantic love in Homer

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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.

Heavy metal Iliad

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Heavy metal Iliad

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Heavy metal band Manowar turned the Iliadic conflict between Achilles and Hector into an epic, eight-part song.

The generation of leaves

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The generation of leaves

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A justifiably admired passage from the Iliad, Homer’s epic poem, emphasizes how life is short and therefore precious.

The shield of Achilles

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The shield of Achilles

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The description of Achilles’ shield in the Iliad tells us much about what Homer’s views might have been on warfare and violence.

The world of Homer

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The world of Homer

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How do the worlds created by Homer in his epic poems relate to historical and archaeological realities?