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Hicks 1 Greyson Hicks Professor Barineau HUM2020 (172776) 27 April 2017 Homer’s Iliad Growing up as a child in today’s society, many children are told the story of Achilles and the Trojan War. They learn of how strong of a warrior Achilles was and of the one weak spot he has. It is an intriguing story to hear as a kid and normally people continue to hear about the story throughout their lives. However, not everyone knows all the details to the story or who wrote it. A blind poet, named Homer, is the author of the Iliad and the Odyssey. Though many focus on the story of Achilles there is much more to his writings along with many underlying messages that he wants the reader to understand. The Trojan war was a long, bloody war that lasted for a decade. But what started this lengthy and gruesome war between Troy and Sparta? The Trojan War began when the Trojan prince Paris kidnapped Helen, the wife of Menelaus, king of Sparta. He was assisted by Aphrodite, who had promised him Helen, the most beautiful woman in the world, as a reward for choosing her in a competition against the goddesses Hera and Athena. Then, to regain Helen, the kings of Greece raise a huge fleet of ships which are all commanded by Agamemnon, King of Mycenae, and brother of Menelaus. Thus, the Greeks sail for Troy to start the war. Homer’s Iliad is set during the final year of the Trojan War. As the war is ending, the Iliad focuses on Achilles and his contribution to the war. Achilles has problems with the Agamemnon, over a female slave whom the Greek soldiers had awarded to Achilles as a prize of honor in recognition of his success. Agamemnon
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