Today we start a grand overview of the Iliad. The great founding story of the Western tradition.
Homer set his story in the Mycenaean period, which he glorified as a heroic age of magnificent warriors, who overcame overwhelming odds. In their view, the sheer extasy (ekstasis) of war made life worthwhile and only a warrior could experience life to the fullest. In comparison, a life of peace was considered boring, a waste of one’s only life on Earth. In the following weeks I will give you a thorough overview of the most important aspects of this unforgetable story.
"The Great World History Book"