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The Iliad

circa 760 BCE - 710 BCE

Why is it canonical?

The Iliad is one of the most influential works in world literature, was the first to use many now common narrative techniques, and used characters that became archetypes in literature well into the literature of today. It has been a primary source of information about Greek culture and mythology for centuries.

Images and Videos

Aineias aphrodite martin von wagner museum l793

Aphrodite rescuing her son Aeneas wounded in fight, scene from The Iliad. Shoulder of an Etruscan black-figure amphora, ca. 480 BC. Martin-von-Wagner-Museum.

Resources

Full text of the Iliad with Greek and English together.