Admired through the ages as the ultimate epic, Homer's Iliad, along with its companion-piece, the Odyssey, was venerated by the ancient Greeks themselves as the cornerstone of their civilization. That these deeds were meant to arouse a sense of wonder or marvel is difficult for the modern mind to comprehend, especially in a time when even such words as wonderful or marvelous have lost much of their evocative power. Nor is it any easier to grasp the ancient Greek concept of hero the English word is descended from the Greekgoing beyond the word's ordinary levels of meaning in casual contemporary usage.
Both texts deal with the same subject, the siege of troy which was ended with the trickery of the wooden horse. However the characters themselves are shown with different actions between the two texts which revels different motives and thoughts.
These differences are what are to be discussed today from within the film and the Iliad: One of the major differences between the two texts is the role of the Greek Gods. Within the Iliad, the Gods take sides within the Trojan War and are seen fighting amongst the common soldiers.
However, in the movie Troy the Gods are barely even mentioned, and are only mentioned when referred to when signs are received. As a result, the gods would have been expected to be present in the stories to be accepted within their society. Perhaps therefore, they were unwilling to write the part of the gods with little information upon them?
Afraid to get their facts wrong? Whatever Man vs himself conflict in iliad reason, the lack of the gods in Troy left the film with a sour taste in my mouth as i was interested to see how they would portray the gods and how big of a row they would have. The lack of the gods in the film Troy also made the heroes stand out much more, as each indivual hero had less "blessings" for example, Achillies was said to be invincible since he was dipped into the river Styx except for his ankle within the Iliad.
However in Troy, Achillies can be seen as a stronger warrior because he could still defeat everyone without having been dipped into the Styx even if they did have Achillies die by being shot in the ankle.
However Troy since it is based off the Iliad, still has its similarities with which it shares. One of these similarities is of Achilles mother, Thetis, and more importantly, what she reveals to Achilles about his fate.
This dialogue here is mentioned within the movie troy when Achillies goes to consult his mother down at the beach, to which she tells Achillies of his fate, that how he will live a long life if he does not go to troy, and meet a loving wife and have children.
However if he stays, his name will be forgotten within a few generations of his family.
If he sails for Troy, he will be known throughout the ages, yet he will live a short life. Not only is this message similar, it shows the motivation which drives Achilles in the Trojan War, that he wishes to be remembered, for great glory. These two similarities help connect the audience with the film as it concedes with its roots within the epic poem the Iliad which some may already be familiar with.
It also provides part of the backbone to the plot within both texts which involve Achilles battle for glory which will last forever. Messages conveyed In Homer's Iliad, Homer shows his views on heroes, villains, and war. He shows that heroes have great qualities to them and that villains have evil qualities to them.
He also shows that even heroes have villainous qualities. Homer also tries to convey that all warriors have a choice between a life of war and a life of peace. This is an extract from an essay from http: This essay mentions that every warrior has a choice between war and peace, and i agree on this which is shown from the Iliad.
A perfect example of this is for Achilles. Achilles is given the choice of peace or war when his mother Thetis tells him his fate, of glory from sailing to troy but a short life, or staying home to live a long life with a family yet his name will be forgotten within a few generations.
This is a very clear example of Homer's which shows that even if Achilles is displayed in the light of a villain, he is still offered the choice between war and peace.
Homer conveys a message of that even the greatest man has his downfall, which can be changed to no matter how great a man is, he has a flaw within him which defiles the man so that he cannot be perfect.
This is shown very clearly as the essay says of when Hector flees from Achilles whom is hell bent on killing Hector. Like a dream in which a man cannot catch someone who's running off and the other can't escape, just as the first man can't catch up—that's how Achilles, for all his speed, could not reach Hector, while Hector was unable to evade Achilles.
An example of this is Hector fleeing in my own opinionI see it this way because Hector has been displayed as a loving father and family man, so Hector may have been trying to live so that he may protect his family whom are inside the walls of troy, so the option to flee, could have been seen by hector as a way to protect his family instead of fighting someone whom he was very obviously outmatched by Achilles!
However to the soldiers of Troy in this time, it would have been an extremely signicant flaw in which their commander and greatest hero broke ranks to flee from the greatest warrior of the Greek army.
However whatever the point of view, the theme does humble those whom read it. Even those, whom are considered great men and women, will contain their own personal flaw which stops them from remaining as a perfect specimen of the human species.
It is a way of bringing the greats back down to earth amongst the common people a modern day example of this has is Winston Churchill whom is considered one of the greatest leaders of the united kingdom, yet it is widely known that he had a drinking problem, this bringing the great man's image down due to the flaw within his nature.
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Homer: Iliad discussion -- Books (regardbouddhiste.comophyBookClub) Throughout Iliad the listener is constantly reminded that the taking of armour and weapons from a vanquished foe is an important part of battle. Homer describes for us the pitched battles that rage over either the taking or protecting of a fallen warrior's equipment, and men.
In the story of the Iliad the two main characters were Agamemnon and Achilles. Achilles was seen as the great Greek hero, he was the strongest man alive at the time. His father was a . As if convincing himself of the rightness of this course, he recalls Thetis' prophecy about his two futures: a quick but glorious death at Troy, or a return home and a long life of domestic tranquility.