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The Iliad Homers Views of Life and Death through Achilles and Hector The Iliad takes place in 1200 BC on the North West coast of present day Turkey Homer of Greece put the epic on paper for the first time in the ninth century From that moment on the Iliad and Achilles would be known around the ancient and present day world as the epic of the warrior People referred to Achilles for centuries as a great hero who lived for the warrior code Alexander the Great one of the worlds most successful generals lived by the epic and kept it at his side at all times Sophocles wrote 123 plays and many of which were from books in the Iliad The epic taught the ancient and modern world about life and death glory and revenge Homers epic poem was the definition of the warriors life in its time and to the preset day Troy was a great city on the coast of the Aegean Sea Troy was said to have had the greatest walls of its time Homer described the city as a great city perched on top of a hill with a view of Mount Ida in the distance and completely surrounded by fields of grain and wheat It was the Bronze Age therefore warriors were still fighting with spears and man size shields in battle Greece was ruled by independent tribes at the time Homer wrote the world as he knew it to exist His view is very accurate and depicts the time well It was circa 1200 BC and the Achaeans were fighting the Trojans over Paris abduction of Helen Menelaus wife To retrieve his beautiful wife Menelaus called together many captains heros and men from all over the Greek world This was when men would prove themselves as real warriors and heros of their society The men would prove themselves as real warriors by risking their life precious mortal
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