Study Guide

The Iliad Characters

Achilleus

Think of Achilleus like an Ancient Greek Arya Stark—well-born, secretly sentimental, and...

Hektor

Not going to lie: Hektor struck us as a little yawn-worthy at the beginning of this epic. He was...

Agamemnon

So we all know that the Iliad is about the anger of Achilleus, but what we sometimes forget is...

Patroklos

Patroklos and Achilleus have the world's best bromance. They adore each other. They have each...

Thetis

Think of Thetis like a stage mother... except the "stage" is the Trojan War and the "mother" is...

Odysseus

Think of Odysseus as the Dr. Ian Malcolm of The Iliad. Ian Malcolm spends the entirety of...

Nestor

Nestor is the wise old man of the Achaian army. Well, at least part of that statement is true....

Diomedes

Diomedes is a very important member of the Achaian army who just can't seem to get any credit....

Menelaos

On the one hand, Menelaos is an important character in setting up the backstory of the Iliad....

Paris

Nothing sums up Paris's status in the Iliad like the end of Book 3. When Menelaos is looking for...

Helen

Even though she has only a small role, Helen is one of the Iliad's most interesting characters....

Priam

Priam's greatest fault is being a pushover for his son Paris. Even though everyone thinks Paris...

Aias

By Aias we are here referring to "big" Aias (a.k.a. "Telamonian Aias," the son of Telamon)....

The Gods

Usually when you think of "gods" you think of divine order, justice, and harmony. Maybe you think...