|Underline those verbs if it helps|
Then a real treat. A twenty minute overview of The Iliad and why it's such an amazing piece of work.
1. It's very, very old and very, very long. Pretty impressive if you think that it was originally not written down but passed on through an oral tradition.
2. Some of the language is stunning, including the innovative use of similes and metaphors, setting images of war and peace in contrast to comment on the savagery (and futility?) of war.
3. It set the gold standard for both the war poetry and horror genres for the next few thousands of years.
4. It provided the inspiration for Troy, a film based on the Trojan War. Brad Pitt as Achilles - oh yes!
And, because we didn't have time to watch it in class, here's how the Trojan War ended (courtesy of Odysseus' brains, not Achilles' muscles)...