Put into writing long after the story originated as part of a tradition of Oral Histories, Homer’s Iliad not only tells the story of the Battle of Troy, but readers who take a deep dive can begin to discover some of the techniques oral storytellers used to make their tales both captivating and easier for themselves to recall and thus repeat time and again. The story unfolds with an inviting rhythm as repetitive descriptions lead the reader to anticipate what is coming next, and or perhaps more often, who is about to enter a scene, or act in some important or meaningful manner.
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After nine years fighting the Trojan War, the Greeks sense imminent defeat. The gods have cursed them with a plague; the Trojans have set their ships on fire; and their best warrior, the impenetrable Achilles, has turned his back on them. But when the Trojans go too far and kill Patroclus, his beloved brother-in-arms, Achilles returns to the battlefield with a vengeance so terrible that it shocks even the gods.
Written by Homer more than twenty-five hundred years ago, The Iliad is among the oldest extant works of Western literature—the seminal epic narrative of infantry combat, the scars of battle, and the inevitability of fate.
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Revised edition: Previously published as The Iliad, this edition of The Iliad (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.