Poet Homer, Samuel Butler
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The Iliad is an epic poem in dactylic hexameters by Poet Homer. Rendered here into English Prose and Translated by Samuel Butler.
Set during the Trojan War, the ten-year siege of the city of Troy (Ilium) by a coalition of Greek states, it tells of the battles and events during the weeks of a quarrel between King Agamemnon and the warrior Achilles.
Although the story covers only a few weeks in the final year of the war, the Iliad mentions or alludes to many of the Greek legends about the siege; the earlier events, such as the gathering of warriors for the siege, the cause of the war, and related concerns tend to appear near the beginning.
The glory and horror of war pulse through this epic poem about the thousand ships launched in battle after the Trojan prince Paris abducts the beautiful Helen from her husband Menelaus, the King of Sparta. Through exquisite language Homer tells of capricious Greek gods and goddesses, fealty and honor between friends, and the terror of war. [more]
Keywords: The Iliad, Homer, Poet Homer, Achilles, King of Sparta, Menelaus, Greek, Ancient, Classic, Troy, Trojan War, Literature, Fiction, Mythology