The Iliad Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory
When and how characters eat is extremely important to the symbolic texture of the Iliad. As you may have noticed, eating is a major social occasion for the Achaian warriors (this is maybe not so su...
Human Work and the Natural World
Often, in the Iliad, the poet will describe something – usually part of a battle – by a long, drawn-out simile. (For more details on the so-called "Homeric simile," see our section on "Writing...