Troy Story: Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey

Troy Story: Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey

Condensing the epic narrative of Homer?s poems, The Iliad and The Odyssey, into 2 minutes.

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The Iliad

The Iliad is the oldest surviving work of Greek literature, written by Homer in the 8th century BC. It is an epic poem, with 24 chapters, based on the attack on Troy by the Mycenaeans.

The poem includes early Greek myths and legends. The story occurs during the Trojan War and tells the story of the wrath of Achilles, the death and funeral of Hector, and the siege of Troy.

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The Iliad: List of characters

Confused about who’s who in Homer’s The Iliad? Dr Emma Bridges has put together a handy cast list and mini biography of?

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The Odyssey

The Odyssey is a major Ancient Greek epic poem. It was written by Homer in Mycenaean Greece, around the 8th century BC.

The hero of the poem is Odysseus (or Ulysses, in Latin). It?s about Odysseus?s ten-year voyage home to Ithaca after the Trojan War.

Along the way, Odysseus and his men have to fight a host of scary monsters, while his wife Penelope fights men who want to marry her.

Here?s our shorter version:

The Odyssey: List of characters

The Odyssey includes an extensive cast list, both human and mythical. In this article Dr Emma Bridges gives us the?

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