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The Iliad

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Download 02 โ€“ Agammemnonโ€™s Dream audio
Download 03 โ€“ Paris Challenges Menelaus audio
Download 04 โ€“ A Quarrel in Olympus audio
Download 05 โ€“ The exploits of Diomed audio
Download 06 โ€“ Hector and Andromache audio
Download 07 โ€“ Hector and Ajax Fight audio
Download 08 โ€“ The Victory of the Trojans audio
Download 09 โ€“ The Embassy to Achilles audio
Download 10 โ€“ Ulysses and Diomed go out as Spies audio
Download 11 โ€“ Agamemnonโ€™s Day of Glory audio
Download 12 โ€“ The Trojans Break the Wall audio
Download 13 โ€“ Neptune helps the Achaeans audio
Download 14 โ€“ Agamemnon Proposes that the Achaeans Should Sail Home audio
Download 15 โ€“ Apollo Heals Hector audio
Download 16 โ€“ Patroclus fights in the armor of Achilles audio
Download 17 โ€“ The Light around the Body of Patroclus audio
Download 18 โ€“ The Shield of Achilles audio
Download 19 โ€“ Achilles Goes Out to Fight audio
Download 20 โ€“ Achilles fights Aeneas audio
Download 21 โ€“ Achilles Drives the Trojans Back audio
Download 22 โ€“ The death of Hector audio
Download 23 โ€“ The Funeral Games of Patroclus audio
Download 24 โ€“ Priam Ransoms Hectorโ€™s Body audio

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A divinely beautiful woman who becomes the cause of a terrible war in which the gods themselves take sides. Valor and villainy, sacrifices and betrayals, triumphs and tragedies play their part in this three thousand year old saga.

The Iliad throws us right into the thick of battle. It opens when the Trojan War has already been raging for nine long years. An uneasy truce has been declared between the Trojans and the Greeks (Achaeans as they're called in The Iliad.) In the Greek camp, Agamemnon the King of Mycenae and Achilles the proud and valiant warrior of Phthia are locked in a fierce contest to claim the spoils of war. The gods in Olympus watch horrified as the best of Greeks and Trojans are slain. However, Zeus has prohibited them from openly interfering. But finally, even the gods cannot stay neutral. The mighty Zeus steps in to prod the Trojans into breaching the truce. Achilles, who is sulking in his tent refuses to fight and the Greeks suffer terrible losses.

Achilles, a demigod is the son of the sea nymph Thetis and the King of the Myrmidions Peleus. He has been rendered immortal like the gods except for one spot near his foot where his mother held him while she dipped him in the Styx. He is the greatest hero in The Iliad and known for his rage, impulsiveness and courage.

He watches as his comrades fall one by one and finally puts his pride aside. He sends his beloved friend Patroclus into battle. But Apollo, the savior of the Trojans, dashes away Patroclus' armor and the Trojan prince Hector slays him. Maddened by anger and grief, Achilles vows revenge and resumes battle. And the epic goes on...

The Iliad is purportedly written by the blind poet Homer some time during the eighth century BC. Its supreme importance in Greek literature slowly permeated to the rest of the Western world and in time to come, the two epic poems, The Iliad and The Odyssey became the reference points for thousands of works of art. European museums and art galleries are filled with works based on the themes, heroes and divinities from The Iliad. Contemporary films have portrayed the Trojan War, while tourists throng the sites mentioned in the poems.

It was first translated into English in the sixteenth century and has since then, gripped the collective imagination for generations. As one of the defining myths of western literature, The Iliad is indeed a must read for anyone interested in an epic tale.

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