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The Iliad

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Definition Homer's epic poem of the Trojan War (circa 850 BC)
  • With Cosette's garter, Homer would construct the Iliad.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • 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
  • 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
  • The Bible resembles the Pyramids; the Iliad, the Parthenon; Homer, Phidias.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • No wonder that Alexander carried the Iliad with him on his expeditions in a precious casket.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • 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
  • Have you read The Iliad lately?
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Or something from the Popul Voh, or the Iliad.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • The hexameter of the Iliad is not the hexameter of the Aeneid.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante's Inferno
  • Visvamitra, the greatest of the ascetic heroes of the Iliad of the East, had in him a perfect representative.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • The Greeks themselves had already canonized The Iliad by the fifth century B.C. (when the title "Iliad" is first attested).
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Read The Iliad.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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!'
    Peter Shaffer  --  Equus
  • 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
  • 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
  • ...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. and the celestial serpents.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces

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