Homer’s The Iliad

Overview: Let’s head back to the era of the Trojan War. Achilles, Odysseus/Ulysses, King Agamemnon and other heroes of that war are about to really get into a big quagmire of troubles, passions, egos–let’s not forget the egos–that intends to lay waste to the best made plans of men. Sounds like it might be fun, at least for the readers.

Story Telling: This is considered to be an Epic Poem. You have to hand it to Homer, he managed to write one long poem. It took me three days to finish this one.

Dislikes: Oh boy. Talk about an ego trip. Achilles’ pride causes him to be a bane to quite a few people. I know the poet refers to it as Achilles’ Rage. Pride just seems to be the precursor to it.

And Helen. She seems to be proud of the fact that she’s the cause of all this nightmare of a disaster. Sick woman.

Likes: Nestor and Odysseus/Ulysses gave good counsel.

Patroclus held a lot of courage.

And Hector, while he was reckless, truly wished to protect Troy, his home.

Favorite Character: It’s a toss-up between Patroclus and Hector.

Favorite Quote: It has to be when Zeus/Jove and Ares/Mars had their little conversation. “Do not come whining here, Sir Facing-both-ways.”

Favorite Scene: It’s Book XXIV. That made the whole story worth it.

Conclusion: Read this poem, at least as a warning against letting your passions rule your life. And if you are religious, just treat the old gods as characters in a book. After all, the only way not to learn from a book is to never read it.

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