The Idea of Revenge in the Iliad and the Odyssey

In both the Iliad and the Odyssey we encounter vengeance exacted by the protagonists. In the Iliad, a poem explicitly about the "rage" or "wrath" of Achilles, we discover the rage that follows from the sorrow for the death of a loved one. In Books XV and XVI, the beloved companion, Patroclus, is killed by Hector … Continue reading The Idea of Revenge in the Iliad and the Odyssey

Political Philosophy in the Iliad

Book Two of the Iliad is the most politically revealing passage found in Homeric literature. "Achilles Receiving the Ambassadors of Agamemnon" by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1801) Recall our heroes, the disparate Achaean princes feuding with one another. Despite being united under the arrogant leadership of Agamemnon, who is regularly deemed "the shepherd of the people," the Achaeans … Continue reading Political Philosophy in the Iliad