Reading a piece of history can be exciting. This is especially true when the author gets creative with it and gives us such lively characters. Homer does not disappoint us in The Iliad.
The whole story is based on just a few days in the ten year war between Troy and Greece. When Paris, the Prince of Troy, seduces and makes off with the wife of King Menelaus of Sparta, war ensues to get her back. Tradition holds that a thousand ships were launched to bring back the most beautiful woman in the world. With the help of the Greek gods, eventually Greece destroys Troy and loses many men including Achilles, a demi-god.
Reading this book was exciting as some of what had been told through movies and other books were finally told from Homer. This is not a story to just pick up for a light afternoon read. Though it is not heavy with academic words and phrases, it is immense with names of people and places. There are pages where Homer goes through the various groups that came to rescue Helen and all the men under them of leadership. In truth, the temptation will be to skip these pages as your mind swirls with the various names. If you happen to be reading this book for a research paper, do not skip this as these names might become very important in your work.
Be prepared for very descriptive battle scenes. Homer tells of swords going through eyes and through the back of the head. Decapitation was not uncommon. This is a book of war and heroes. There is no place for flowers and such.
What do you get from this book?
- A glimpse into history from a source thousands of years ago
- A clearer understanding of the Trojan legend
- Action packed war scenes
- Inspiring speeches
- Deeper understanding of the heroic characters
- Graphic battle scenes
- A glimpse into the gods the goddesses of Ancient Greece
What do you not get from this book?
- A light read to be done in one day
- Historical dialogue
- The complete Trojan War
Many legends come from Homerís works and to actually read what happened makes the Trojan War more alive. If you have an interest in ancient history and legends, this is a book you have got to read. It reveals much about the time and the people who lived there.
The Iliad is a great historical read about the Trojan War and what one creative writer thinks happened during a brief period of the event. I highly recommend this book for avid readers and history buffs.
Disclaimer: This book was a gift to me for school and was not given to be for a review. No one solicited this review.
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