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The Iliad

Read The Iliad.
Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  Homer’s epic poem of the Trojan War (circa 850 BC)
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Strongly Associated with:   Homer, The Odyssey
Book Highlights:  The Iliad tells a story from the Trojan War. In the story, the war starts because Paris (prince of Troy) abducts a willing Helen (wife of the Greek king, Menelaus). A 10-year siege entrails in which Achilles is the greatest warrior.

Flesch-Kincaid Readability Index: 10.2 (suitable for someone at standard reading level in or above 10th grade)
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  • Read The Iliad.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • Have you read The Iliad lately?
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • The Greeks themselves had already canonized The Iliad by the fifth century B.C. (when the title "Iliad" is first attested).
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • If we call The Iliad a war poem, or with Simone Weil the poem of force, The Odyssey is a postwar poem.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey

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  • The Iliad is the story of the siege of Troy, which will fall in the dust, and of its defenders who will be killed in battle.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • It was the Iliad that made Greece my paradise.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • With Cosette’s garter, Homer would construct the Iliad.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The hexameter of the Iliad is not the hexameter of the Aeneid.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • It is unlikely, but not impossible, that Assurbanipal heard a Greek story-teller reciting the Iliad in Nineveh.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • The Bible resembles the Pyramids; the Iliad, the Parthenon; Homer, Phidias.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame

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  • No wonder that Alexander carried the Iliad with him on his expeditions in a precious casket.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • On it rested the prizes—Finny’s icebox, hidden all these months in the dormitory basement, a Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary with all the most stimulating words marked, a set of York barbells, the Iliad with the English translation of each sentence written above it, Brinker’s file of Betty Grable photographs, a lock of hair cut under duress from the head of Hazel Brewster, the professional town belle, a handwoven rope ladder with the proviso that it should be awarded to someone…
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • He spends the whole day in settling whether Homer expressed himself correctly or not in such and such a line of the Iliad, whether Martial was indecent or not in such and such an epigram, whether such and such lines of Virgil are to be understood in this way or in that; in short, all his talk is of the works of these poets, and those of Horace, Perseus, Juvenal, and Tibullus; for of the moderns in our own language he makes no great account; but with all his seeming indifference to…
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • As for the book, it was Simon’s copy of the Iliad, and I had been reading how the fair Briseis was dragged around from tent to tent and Achilles racked up his spear and hung away his mail.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • The drilling-lessons were always protracted by episodes of warlike narrative, much more interesting to Tom than Philip’s stories out of the Iliad; for there were no cannon in the Iliad, and besides, Tom had felt some disgust on learning that Hector and Achilles might possibly never have existed.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Then, overcome with wonder, his hair standing on end, Arjuna bowed his head to the Lord, joined his palms in salutation, and addressed Him: In Thy body, 0 Lord, I behold all the gods and all the diverse hosts of beings—the Lord Brahma, seated on the lotus, all the patriarchs * The principal text of modern Hindu devotional religiosity: an ethical dialogue of eighteen chapters, appearing in Book VI of the Mahabharata, which is the Indian counterpart of the Iliad.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Or something from the Popul Voh, or the Iliad.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • Amazons occur in Greek literature in the Iliad of Homer, for example, in 600 BC.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • Visvamitra, the greatest of the ascetic heroes of the Iliad of the East, had in him a perfect representative.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • We spent the first ten minutes discussing the Iliad, and whether or not the text actually states that Achilles had been dipped in the River Styx.
    ZZ Packer  --  Drinking Coffee Elsewhere
  • Historians have their method, just like anyone else, and they’re jealous of it, but the Iliad shames any history of Greece, and Dante stands supreme above the world s collected medievalists.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • ) Ever so far back, preluding thee, America, Old chants, Egyptian priests, and those of Ethiopia, The Hindu epics, the Grecian, Chinese, Persian, The Biblic books and prophets, and deep idyls of the Nazarene, The Iliad, Odyssey, plots, doings, wanderings of Eneas, Hesiod, Eschylus, Sophocles, Merlin, Arthur, The Cid, Roland at Roncesvalles, the Nibelungen, The troubadours, minstrels, minnesingers, skalds, Chaucer, Dante, flocks of singing birds, The Border Minstrelsy, the bye-gone…
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • …of books among his companions, borrowing and lending in an intricate web, from Max Isaacs, from "Nosey" Schmidt, the butcher’s son, who had all the rich adventures of the Rover Boys; he ransacked Gant’s shelves at home, reading translations of the Iliad and the Odyssey at the same time as Diamond Dick, Buffalo Bill, and the Algers, and for the same reason; then, as the first years waned and the erotic gropings became more intelligible, he turned passionately to all romantic legendry,…
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • The Highland Games, now there’s norrmal sport!’ Or she’ll observe, just after I’ve told her a story from the Iliad: ’You know, when you come to think of it, Agamemnon and that lot were nothing but a bunch of ruffians from the Gorbals, only with fancy names!’ [He rises.
    Peter Shaffer  --  Equus
  • Those names are drawn, of course, from The Iliad, although Walcott uses elements—parallels, persons, and situations—of both it and The Odyssey in his epic.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • The plot of The Iliad is not particularly divine or global.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • In The Iliad women play a small though memorable part; in The Odyssey they are everywhere-even the man-eating sea devil Skylla is female.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • To put The Iliad in its historical contexts also makes it at least as fascinating as when it is seen as the product of a single artistic genius.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • What is very clear is that The Iliad, even if it was as early as 750 B.C., came out of a very old tradition of heroic song.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Like the Trojan expedition itself, The Iliad is a great marshaling of stories that Homer had to pick, combine, and shape.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • But The Iliad traces the fall of the city rather to Paris.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • 13 For this reading, see Laura M. Slatkin, The Power of Thetis: Allusion and Interpretation in the Iliad (Berkeley and Los Angeles, 1991).
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • 14 Cited on Book III by E. T. Owen, The Story of the Iliad, as Told in the Iliad (Toronto, 1946), an often-recommended basic guide to the poem.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • 14 Cited on Book III by E. T. Owen, The Story of the Iliad, as Told in the Iliad (Toronto, 1946), an often-recommended basic guide to the poem.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • From this incident the rationale of the war will be increasingly called into question by Akhilleus, most strikingly in the ninth book of The Iliad.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • 15 See further in James Redfield, Nature and Culture in the Iliad (Chicago, 1978).
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • But The Iliad is several times longer than these, and sheer scale and size are clearly part of its ambition.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • In this way, Homer magnifies the first all-out battle of The Iliad by echoing the original marshaling of the expedition.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • The Iliad does end early in the tale of Troy.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • The restrained pathos of the final book of The Iliad is characteristic of the poem as a whole.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • 20 See the excellent discussion in Redfxeld, Nature and Culture in the Iliad.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • 21 Simone Weil, The Iliad or the Poem of Force, translated by Mary McCarthy (Iowa City, 1973).
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Fitzgerald has succeeded in making The Iliad readable, an intelligible drama that moves forward steadily.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • This is how Chapman translated The Iliad (first in 1598), though he turned in his Odyssey (1614) to rhymed decasyllabic couplets.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • —-Andrew Ford 23 Mark W. Edwards’s Homer: Poet of the Iliad (Baltimore and London, 1987) has a valuable discussion of Homer’s style.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • 26 The Iliad, translated with an introduction by Richmond Lattimore (Chicago, 1951).
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • At all events a very different poem from The Iliad, a huge tragic masterpiece that must be taken on its own terms before it will speak to ours.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • She is still as full of herself as she was in The Iliad and freely admits, not without satisfaction, that her conduct has left much to be desired.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • The Iliad is introduced as a very limited story from late in the war; but as it plays out it is as though everything were happening for the first time.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Telemakhos’ journey takes him first to Nestor, the veteran warrior of The Iliad, then to Menelaos, the husband of Helen, for whom the long war was fought.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
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