Iliad

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Iliad a Greek epic poem (attributed to Homer) describing the siege of Troy
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Iliad A celebrated Greek epic poem, in twenty-four books, on the destruction of Ilium, the ancient Troy. The Iliad is ascribed to Homer.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Iliad One of the two great Greek epic poems of prehistoric antiquity (the other being the Odyssey), attributed to Homer. These poems are considered by some scholars to represent not the work of any one man, but an elaboration of a series of legends sung by a school of ancient Ionic rhapsodists. The subject of the Iliad is the ten years' siege of Ilium or Troy by the confederated states of Greece under Agamemnon, king of Mycenæ, to redress the injury done to Menelaus, king of Sparta, in the carrying off of his wife, Helen, by the Trojan Paris, to whom Helen was given by Aphrodite as a reward for his decision in favor of Aphrodite in the contest of beauty between her, Athena, and Hera. The direct narrative relates only to a part of the last year, leaving the fall of the city untold. The mighty deeds of the Greek Achilles and of the Trojan Hector, son of King Priam, supply some of the chief episodes of the poem. The Iliad and Odyssey were universally looked upon by the Greeks, in spite of endless variations and differences from legends received later, as an authoritative and inspired record of the early history and the religious beliefs and doctrines of their race. As epics, the first rank in poetry has always been conceded to them.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Iliad il′i-ad an epic poem by Homer, giving an account of the destruction of Ilium or ancient Troy.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. Ilias, -adis, Gr. , (sc. ), fr. , , Ilium, the city of Ilus, a son of Tros, founder of Ilium, which is a poetical name of Troy
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. Ilias, Iliadis—Gr. Ilias, Iliados, a poem relating to Ilium, the city of Ilos, its founder.

Usage

In literature:

Resemblance is tacitly assumed between the Iliad and an Icelandic saga.
"The Discovery of America Vol. 1 (of 2)" by John Fiske
Iliad and Odyssey, called Bible of Greeks, 69.
"History of Education" by Levi Seeley
The Iliad was the Greek Bible, and every page of it was full of accounts of Troy, its people and its heroes.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
The translation of the Iliad had been zealously befriended by men of all political opinions.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
But I could then barely construe books so easy as the Greek Testament and the Iliad.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Vol 58, No. 357, July 1845" by Various
Did Homer write in satire, and is the Iliad but a splendid mockery of justice, human and divine?
"The Bridge of the Gods" by Frederic Homer Balch
It became the ambition of every Athenian boy to fix the Iliad in his mind and repeat Achilles in his heart and life.
"A Man's Value to Society" by Newell Dwight Hillis
No wonder that Alexander carried the Iliad with him on his expeditions in a precious casket.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. X (of X) - America - II, Index" by Various
Henry W. Herbert has given us parts of the Iliad in admirable style.
"The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 2, May, 1851" by Various
Who wrote the Iliad, the Odyssey, the Nibelungen-Lied?
"Cooking and Dining in Imperial Rome" by Apicius
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In poetry:

Troy O Troy
an archeologist
will sift your ashes through his fingers
yet a fire occurred greater than that of the Iliad
for seven strings—
"About Troy" by Zbigniew Herbert
When winds go organing through the pines
On hill and headland, darkly gleaming,
Meseems I hear sonorous lines
Of Iliads that the woods are dreaming.
"Quatrains" by Madison Julius Cawein
Make way, ye Roman authors,
clear the street, ye Greeks,
For a much larger Iliad is on the course of construction
(and to Imperial order)
Clear the streets, O ye Greeks!
"Homage To Sextus Propertius - XII" by Ezra Pound
But, if smitten with blindness, and mad with the rage
The gods gave to all whom they wished to destroy,
You would act a new Iliad, to darken the age
With horrors beyond what is told us of Troy--
"Coercion: A Poem For Then And Now" by John Reuben Thompson
CHO. Here's a pretty tale for future Iliads and Odysseys
Mortals are about to personate the gods and goddesses.
Now to set the world in order, we will work in unity.
Jupiter's perplexity is Thespis's opportunity.
"Thespis: Act I" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

"An Iliad " at Court Theatre.
From 'The Iliad ' to 'Us Weekly': The History of Celebrity Gossip.
Scanning the Iliad With a 39-Megapixel Camera.
A custom-built cradle holds the Venetus A, the oldest complete manuscript of Homer's Iliad .
War and the Iliad is a perfect introduction to the range of Homer's art as well as a provocative and rewarding demonstration of the links between literature, philosophy, and questions of life and death.
Homer's epics, The Iliad and The Odyssey, were important to Tolstoy in his youth and again in his middle age, when he read them in their original Greek.
From Inge to 'The Iliad'.
The Iliad translated by Robert Fitzgerald Anchor Press/Doubleday, 594 pp.
Of the many difficulties that test the translator of the Iliad two are worth singling out.
Wholesale deaths and desperate attempts at burial rites ironically echo the most prestigious model of an epic ending, the funeral of the individual hero Hector in the last lines of the Iliad.
"TROY" CLAIMS to be "inspired by" Homer's "Iliad".
The main point I want to make with regard to Court Theatre's An Iliad is "wow".
Retired Professor Publishes New Translation of 'Iliad'.
'The Iliad' at Red Orchid Theatre.
It is a story on par with Homer's epics the Iliad and theOdyssey.
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In science:

He even translated both the Iliad and the Odyssey, in some verses that he especially chose with the aim of better fitting the original rhythm of Homer.
Carlo Cercignani's Interests for the Foundations of Physics
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