The Iliad Is An Epic Poem Based On The Trojan War Essay

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The Iliad is an epic poem based on the Trojan War, a war which lasted 10 years. The two opposing sides fighting against each other were the Trojans and the Mycenaean Greeks. The spark that began this war was “the abduction of Menelaus’ wife Helen by the Trojan prince Alexander (or Paris)” (Backman 42). Achilles, is the main character in the story, he is a warrior and he is known all throughout Greece. The Iliad retells the events that occurred near the end of the Trojan War and on how the Greeks captured the city of Troy.
This Iliad was passed down through oral history for many years and it was written by the Greek poet named Homer around 750 BCE. He is considered a “Rhapsode” in ancient Greece which translates as, “a weaver of songs” (Cole 77). Best known for his stories of the Iliad and the Odyssey (Cole 77). Not much can be said on who Homer was. There isn’t much information on who he was, when and where he was born, or what he was like. But, “some scholars believe him to be one man; others think these iconic stories were created by a group” ( Homer’s intended audience would most likely be of those with a military background. Since the main theme is the ‘glory of war’, a Greek soldier reading The Iliad could see the hero Achilles as an inspiration. The same ‘glory’ that Achilles chose to pursue, instead of living a long life raising a family. Achilles goes on to say, “If I stay here and fight, I shall not return alive but my name will live forever: whereas if I…

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