The Iliad - by Homer 1200 B.C. w Homer w. Greatest of the Greek poets 1,000 years B.C. Epic poems- 1 st to make stories a unified whole Sung for entertainment Stories taught Greek ideals. The Iliad Ilium - Greek for Troy Story of the Trojan War 10 years Fought over Helen of Troy.
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Choose between my wife, daughter, and Aphrodite?
Who else can I get?
woman in the world
There’s just one little problem…
The most beautiful woman in the world is Helen…
and she’s married.
Helen – wife to Menelaus, King of Sparta
(a half-mortal daughter of Zeus)
- son of Peleus and Thetis
- invulnerable, except for heel
Aphrodite- sides with the Trojans
Athena and Hera - side with the Greeks
Zeus- remains impartial
Achilles kills Hector, Prince of Troy –defiles body by dragging it behind his chariot
Paris takes revenge for brother –shoots Achilles in heel, killing him
Greeks – create a plan
- Odysseus – known for strategy
- Athena’s favorite warriorSiege of Troy - lasts 10 years
- Cassandra – priestess
- Laocoon – priest