Summary: The Iliad is a story set three million years ago, during the final year of the Trojan War, a conflict in which Greek warriors sailed the Aegean.
In this story Ilus’ son, King Laomedon, decided to build a wall for protection in the early days as the city was prospering. Poseidon agreed to offer divine aid, but after the impenetrable city wall was built, the Trojans refused to pay compensation for Poseidon’s efforts. Without divine protection, the city would be vulnerable to attack.
Three thousand years after The Iliad was put out, it was one of the two books that was most celebrated and read.Homer was a accomplished Greek bard who was known as a blind poet. Greeks always question whether Homer existed and whether the two epics were even written by a single individual.
Achilles - preeminent Greek warrior
Agamemnon - Atreus' son; Greek high king; commander in chief
Menelaus - Agamemnon's brother; husband of Helen
Nestor - senior, wisest Greek
Ajax, son of Telamon - second only to Achilles
Diomedes - youngest Greek king; bold warrior; Tydeus' son
Odysseus - protagonist of Homer's second epic, the Odyssey
Patroclus - Achilles' closest friend
Hector - preeminent Trojan warrior
Paris - Hector's brother; abductor of Helen
Priam - king of Troy; father of Hector and Paris
Apollo (Phoebus Apollo) - a son of Zeus; ally of Troy
Ares - god of war; war personified
Athena (Pallas Athena) - a daughter of Zeus; protector of Greece
Hades - Lord of the underworld; brother of Zeus
Hera - Zeus's wife
Poseidon - god of earthquake and sea
Zeus - lord of all immortal gods