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Introduction to The Iliad

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on 1 March 2017

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Transcript of Introduction to The Iliad

The Iliad
written by a blind
poet named
Homer
most likely written in
eighth century BC but the
events described happened
before the story was written down
500 years
passed along by
who would receive food,
shelter or $ for their
talents of reciting
and
aloud... All memorized!
legends
myths
The ancient Greeks believed
that the blind had insight, wisdom,
because they lacked outward sight.
a story of
WAR
The Trojan War began
when a prince of
storytellers
just kidding...
The Iliad is a story
of
WAR
PARIS!
eloped with the wife
of a
Greek King
Menelaus
The woman's name
was
and she became the
famous...
Helen
Helen
of Troy
She was supposedly
VERY beautiful...
no?
better?
Ok...
anyway... Hers was
"a face that launched
1,000 ships."
(and that is meant
to be a compliment)
because all of Greece
rallied to get her back...
the
of Mount Olympus
even took sides
gods
One great...
(and lovely...)
Greek fighter
was
Achilles
(
ucky
)
MY
I'm Odysseus
Trojan Horse
He was responsible for
the death of Prince
Hector
Achilles
dragged the
body around
the walls of Troy
(NOT nice)
three times
until King
Priam
(Hector's dad)
persuaded him to
return the body
to his family
Achilles died when
PARIS
shot an arrow
through his
HEEL
(his only weakness)
The arrow was
guided by
Apollo
The end of the
10 year war came
when
Odysseus
built a huge
wooden horse
(the Trojan Horse)
Greek soldiers
hid inside, and the
rest
sailed away
The Trojans, thinking
the Greeks had given up
and left the horse as
a
gift
pulled it inside
the gates of Troy
The Greeks snuck
out, started
fires
and defeated
the Trojans
Odysseus took full credit
for the victory, even though
Poseidon had helped him by
distracting the Trojans with
a sea monster
That did not please
Poseidon...
I AM
AWESOME!!
Some historians
believe the Trojan War
is a
myth
Others believe
there is evidence
that a war actually
took place.
In
1871
an archeologist
began excavating
an ancient city
in Turkey
Nine
cities were uncovered
on the site, one on top
of the other...
The seventh city,
destroyed around
1250 B.C., is thought
to be the Troy of legend.
The walls of the city
were found to be
sixteen
feet thick
The Iliad is a story of
love
betrayal
loyalty, and a quest
The end of The Iliad
is the beginning of
The Odyssey...Odysseus'
long journey home.
...and he
pledged to never let
Odysseus make it home.
The word odyssey means
"
a long journey
," and
that is exactly what
it will be for Odysseus
and his big, bragging
mouth...
TO: The Trojans
From: The Greeks
uh...sorry about
the whole...uh
war thing...
Troy
Let the journey
begin...
GO
I am not
pleased.
part one
of a series

The Odyssey is an
epic
poem.
An epic is a long narrative poem that deals with the
trials
and achievements of a
hero
. Our hero is
Odysseus
.
Odysseus' name means:
trouble
the man people love to hate
giver and receiver of pain
He is
noble
...
confident
thirsty for glory
He is also a really good,
really fast
liar
.
Odysseus is a hero, but he is not
perfect
.

He makes
mistakes
, loses his
temper
,
and he even
cries
.

His greatest strength is the fact
that he is
smart
.
Odysseus' quest is to reach
home
.
He takes the long way, the way that
takes
10
years.
Odysseus had been reluctant to join
the fight and pretended to be
crazy
when
drafted into the war.
The recruiters found him plowing
salt
into
his land.
They tricked him by putting his
baby
in front of the plow. When he turned
it to keep from injuring his son, they knew
he wasn't crazy.
He encounters many
challenges
along the way including a one-eyed giant
and a witch who turns his men into
pigs
.

Odysseus' wife is
Penelope
, cousin of
Helen. She is often called the most
faithful
woman of all because she
waits 20 years for her husband to
return.
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