Iliad homer circa eighth century bc greek poem the following entry contains criticism on homer's iliad from 1983 to 2000 see also homer poetry criticism. The iliad is paired with something of a sequel, the odyssey, also attributed to homer along with the odyssey, the iliad is among the oldest extant works of western literature, and its written version is usually dated to around the 8th century bc.
Written in the mid-8th century bce, “the iliad” is usually considered to be the earliest work in the whole western literary tradition, and one of the best known and loved stories of all time. - hector and achilles as classic heroes of homer's iliad literary heroes have been important to stories and poems throughout history each author develops his hero through a unique writing style, combining conscious use of detail, diction, tone and other narrative techniques to outline a hero's personality.
The main theme of the iliad is stated in the first line, as homer asks the muse to sing of the wrath of achilles this wrath, all its permutations, transformations, influences, and consequences, makes up the themes of the iliad in essence, the wrath of achilles allows homer to present and develop. For example, a scene from the iliad in which achilles and hector battle while zeus weighs their fate on a scale also appears in at least one of these other epics today scholars generally agree that the iliad was carefully designed by a single author, whether or not it drew from earlier works.
Even though homer was ionian, the iliad reflects the geography known to the mycenaean greeks, showing detailed knowledge of the mainland but not extending to the ionian islands or anatolia, which suggests that the iliad reproduces an account of events handed down by tradition, to which the author did not add his own geographical knowledge. The iliad (/ ˈ ɪ l i ə d / ancient greek: ἰλιάς iliás, pronounced in classical attic sometimes referred to as the song of ilion or song of ilium) is an ancient greek epic poem in dactylic hexameter, traditionally attributed to homerset during the trojan war, the ten-year siege of the city of troy (ilium) by a coalition of greek states, it tells of the battles and events during the.
Alexander loved the story of the iliad for the deeds of hector and achilles, which fired his own ambition used them to plan the battles he himself would fight ambrosia. The iliad is about the trojan war, but it is primarily about the war as it is affected by achilles' wrath, or anger achilles is the main character, and his inaction, or withdrawal from the fighting, is crucial to the plot. Literary analysis of the iliad the iliad is a classic epic of poems written by homer homer’s history is unclear since he is considered as a mysterious writer in history the story takes place in troy where there was a long battle of the trojans which was between the greeks and the trojans.
The iliad as partly historical as mentioned above, though, it is most likely that the homeric tradition contains elements of historical fact and elements of fiction interwoven homer describes a location, presumably in the bronze age, with a city this city was near mount ida in northwest turkey. Achilles is the protagonist of the iliad, and the story centers on his rage and anger against agamemnon the son of the immortal sea-nymph thetis and the phthian king peleus , achilles is by far the greatest warrior of the trojan war.