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The Iliad . Some Thoughts on The Iliad. W ritten in 8 th cent. BC, set in 13 th cent. BC Homer’s Greeks considered Trojan War important because the victorious Greeks were their ancestors ∙ represented last great victory of Mycenaean Greeks before their collapse in Bronze Age.

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some thoughts on the iliad
Some Thoughts on The Iliad
  • Written in 8th cent. BC, set in 13th cent. BC
  • Homer’s Greeks considered Trojan War important because the victorious Greeks were their ancestors
  • ∙ represented last great victory of Mycenaean Greeks before their collapse in Bronze Age
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Still, The Iliad is poem of Troy

  • Begins in 9th year of 10 year seige
  • Greeks are winners, Trojans losers
  • A violent poem about brutal men, especially Achilles
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About escalating anger and its bitter resolution

Anger eventually spreads to elements—fire and water—and the gods—Apollo, Athena, Zeus, Hera