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- Created 2012-02-19
(sometimes referred to as the
Song of Ilion
Song of Ilium
) is an
, traditionally attributed to
. Set during the
, the ten-year siege of the city of
(Ilium) by a coalition of Greek states, it tells of the battles and events during the weeks of a quarrel between King
and the warrior
Although the story covers only a few weeks in the final year of the war, the
mentions or alludes to many of the Greek legends about the siege; the earlier events, such as the gathering of warriors for the siege, the cause of the war, and related concerns tend to appear near the beginning. Then the epic narrative takes up events prophesied for the future, such as Achilles' looming death and the sack of Troy, prefigured and alluded to more and more vividly, so that when it reaches an end, the poem has told a more or less complete tale of the Trojan War.
is paired with something of a
, also attributed to Homer.
Along with the
is among the oldest extant works of Western literature, and its written version is usually dated to around the eighth century BC.. Recent statistical modelling based on language evolution has found it to date to 710–760 BCE In the modern vulgate (accepted version), the
contains 15,693 lines; it is written in
, a literary amalgam of
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''Homer: Iliad, Books I-XII, with an Introduction, a Brief Homeric Grammar, and Notes'' (3rd ed., 1890)
''Homer: Iliad, Books XIII-XXIV, with Notes'' (4th ed., 1903)
''A Grammar of the Homeric Dialect'' (2nd ed., 1891)
from the Perseus Project
via the Chicago Homer
''The Iliad'': A Study Guide
Classical images illustrating the ''Iliad''.
Comments on background, plot, themes, authorship, and translation issues
eBook for Palm Handheld
Flaxman illustrations of the Iliad
''The Iliad of Homer''
''The Opening to the Iliad (Proem)''
The Iliad Map
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