Greek epic poem by Homer; widely considered the first work in Western literature. Tells the story of a small period of time during the Trojan War, focusing mainly on the character Achilles.
The original Greek version was spoken in rhythm to a lyre by a traveling musician-writer known as a rhapsode, not unlike a modern rapper. In fact, the term rapper comes from the word rhapsode.
There are many English translations, many of which are in the form of prose rather than poetry.
It is a very slow-moving story, regardless of translation, mostly because half of it is spent shouting out the names of hundreds of different Greeks and Trojans who died during the war.
Student 1: My English teacher's making me read the Iliad.
Student 2: Bummer, dude!
Homer: Thus ended Erophobus of Lesbos. Holla!
Greek Nobleman: Dude! He totally quoth the name of my great-great uncle!
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