Thursday, May 5, 2011

THE ILIAD




      The Iliad (sometimes referred to as the Song of Ilion or Song of Ilium) is an epic poem in dactylic hexameters, traditionally attributed to Homer. Set in the Trojan War, the ten-year siege of Ilium by a coalition of Greek states, it tells of the battles and events during the weeks of a quarrel between KingAgamemnon and the warrior Achilles. Although the story covers only a few weeks in the final year of the war, the Iliad mentions or alludes to many of the Greek legends about the siege. Along with the Odyssey, also attributed to Homer, the Iliad is among the oldest extant works of Western literature, and its written version is usually dated to around the eighth century BC. The Iliad contains over 15,000 lines, and is written in Homeric Greek, a literary amalgam of Ionic Greek with other dialects.

26 comments:

  1. I remember reading this in High School. Great piece of literature!

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  2. Yeah, I also read this in high school. Very good book.

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  3. I think I would love to read this in the future, but for now it just brings back bad memories of translating lines from the Aeneid in latin class.

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  4. I too read this in high school, very good!

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  5. Interesting, I will look for it

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  6. Such an awesome and epic book. One of my favorites.

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  7. The 'liada' like name's on spanish, are a good good greek history, thnxs for remember me

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  8. I've read this in school. Love greek literature. (:

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  9. i read this book in highschool

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  10. Thanks for pointing on that, i didn't know how the title was but I am planning to read it once.

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  11. My joke seemed funny last night!

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  12. i think i had to read this in school.

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  13. I read it in the school last year, its so boring.

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  14. It's a classic, read it in school lol

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  15. I'm not sure how, but somehow I missed out on reading this both in high school and college...

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  16. I might get this from the library!

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  17. A classic! A must read for anyone who likes to read!

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  18. I've read this twice. I'm glad I read it after high school, because I got so much more the second read-through.

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  19. Hey bro! we want you posting back :D hehe

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  20. Such an easy read, too... One or two free hours a day for the next 30 years should do it.

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