Homer’s Iliad

Homer’s Iliad is the first piece of ancient literature which has survived to this day. As it was originally spoken rather than written down, it has been improved from generation to generation before being committed to paper.  Thus, there is much about it which makes it such an interesting story.  The tale of an ancient war, which involved warriors of epic proportions and battles which we cannot imagine draws us into the plot and moreover makes us want to read on.  One of the most interesting features of it is how it manages to encapsulate so many aspects of life and death within the story.  We can see the best warrior falling out with his arrogant leader,  and the anxiety of wives as they wait to see whether their husbands will return.  There is also great fear for the future on the side of the Trojans.  These are equally transferable to our own lives and situation,  and although the events which are described are unlikely to be replaced in our own lives,  the messages may well be.  In Hector a modern audience sees the perfect hero, willing to die for his country,, while Achilles seems cold and a angry.  To a Greek audience,  however,  this is different,  as Achilles is simply a great warrior which fights for nothing but glory, and the golden age of life was all about that.  Overall, although it is from a time so dissimilar to our own, the Iliad can show us that the people then shared many of their emotions and reactions with those we have today.  This typifies a personal favourite features of ancient literature, as it shows us that we are not so different to those who lived so long ago, and that we have much in common with them.  The Iliad is a fantastic read, however, if only for the wonderful story and magical events

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