"The Illiad" by Homer
By Ragan Sandy
"The Illiad" by Homer depicts the final months of the Trojan War. It briefly describes how the war came to be and it also alludes to many Greek legends and prophecies about coming events.
The Trojan War was caused because of a man named Paris of Troy. Paris fell in love with Helen, the wife of Menalaus, King of Sparta. He took her back to Troy with him, causing an uproar in Sparta.
The gods and goddesses were legends within the Greek culture. A lot of these legends were alluded to during "The Illiad." The gods and goddesses also had great influence in the Trojan War, using their powers to influence the outcome of the battles.
"The Illiad" covers the events that occur during the quarrel between King Agamemnon, leader of the Greeks and the warrior Achilles, leader of the Myrmidons. Agamemnon stole a prized slave from Achilles, causing Achilles to withdraw from battle. The withdrawal put the Greeks at great risk of losing the war.