12 Facts About Iliad


The Iliad is often regarded as the first substantial piece of European literature.

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Mary Lefkowitz discusses the relevance of divine action in the Iliad, attempting to answer the question of whether or not divine intervention is a discrete occurrence, or if such godly behaviors are mere human character metaphors.

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Iliad says that humans during that time were lacking what is today called consciousness.

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Iliad suggests that humans heard and obeyed commands from what they identified as gods, until the change in human mentality that incorporated the motivating force into the conscious self.

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Iliad overcomes his pride again when he keeps his anger in check and returns Hector to Priam at epic's close.

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Iliad portrays the theme of heroism in a variety of different ways through different characters, mainly Achilles, Hector, Patroclus, etc.

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The story of the Iliad follows the great Greek warrior Achilles, as well as his rage and the destruction it causes.

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The true hero of the Iliad is never shown explicitly and is purposefully left up to interpretation by the author Homer, who aimed to show the complexity and flaws of both characters, regardless of who is considered the “true” hero.

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Much of the detailed fighting in the Iliad is done by the heroes in an orderly, one-on-one fashion.

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The Iliad expresses a definite disdain for tactical trickery, when Hector says, before he challenges the great Ajax:.

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Iliad was a standard work of great importance already in Classical Greece and remained so throughout the Hellenistic and Byzantine periods.

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The Iliad was the first full epic poem to be translated to Arabic from a foreign language, upon the publication of Al-Boustani's complete work in 1904.

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