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The Illiad is a poem which takes place in the tenth year of a war between the Trojans and the Achains Most of the poem talks about the battles taking place within that specific time period of war Does Homer portray these events as a glorification or condemnation of war Well he does sort of both It can be cosidered the greatest of ironies It is at one time both glorious an heinous On the one hand war brings out ones great courage and utter glory on the field of battle and on the other hand it also brigs out the extreme brutality and grave inhumanity on the battlefields of ancient Greece These two opposing aspects of war and combat are seen throughout the poem Homer repeatedly tells us in graphic and striking detail the savageness and cruelty of death in combat We see through his descriptions and illustrations exactly what death in battle truly entails the desolation the devastation the barbarity and the terrible suffering There is no honour whatsoever in military combat here Idomeneus stabbed Erymas in the mouth with the pitiless bronze so that the brazen sperhead smashed its way clean through below the brain in an upward stroke and the white bones splintered and the teeth were shaken out with the stroke and both eyes filled up with blood and gaping he blew a spray of blood through the nostrils and through his mouth and death in a dark mist closed round about him 16345-350 Now Dekalion was struck in the arm at a place in the elbow where the tendons come together There through the arm Achilleus transfixed him with the bronze spearhead and he arm hanging heavy waited and looked his death in the face Achilleus struck him with the swords edge at his neck and swept the helmed head far away and the marrow gushed from the neckbone and he went down to the ground at full length
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