The Epic Of All Time

1312 Words Nov 20th, 2015 6 Pages
Velvet-colored dirt paints a dusty look among the soldiers, the war is almost over. The Iliad by Homer was written nearly 2700 years ago. It is a poetic novel consisting of books rather than chapters, and was an accumulative of stories throughout many years due to the literary storage resources available. There is speculation as to whether Homer has ever existed due to the enigma that there is no evidence supporting his life. This is often considered one of the greatest literary mysteries of all time. Regardless, after nine years the war between the Greeks and Trojans continues outside of Troy over a woman named Helen. Throughout the book, tensions rise between the Greeks and Trojans, particularly Achilles and Hector, and at the end of the book Hector dies, as we know, the Greeks prove successful also, and Achilles soon dies. Many major characters are in the book, including Achilles, Hector, Zeus, Hera, Athena, and Agamemnon. Achilles is the greatest Greek warrior and the central character, his competition is Hector, a Trojan prince, and another great warrior. Zeus is the supreme god, supporting Hector, and Hera is his wife, who is the goddess of marriage and childbirth. Athena is the goddess of war and battle strategies, aiding Achilles. As well, Agamemnon is the king of Mycenae, and the enemy of Achilles. In the Iliad. Hector and Achilles are comparable, but, in my opinion, Achilles is more determined, assisted, and victorious, therefore, making him the better example of…
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