E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Iliad of Ills (An).
Ilias malorum (Cicero: Ad Atticum, viii. 11). A number of evils falling simultaneously; there is scarce a calamity in the whole catalogue of human ills that finds not mention in the Iliad, hence the Homeric poem was the fountain of classic tragedy.