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The Iliad: Homer's Views Of Life And Death Through Achilles And Hector

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The Iliad: Homer's Views of Life and Death through Achilles and HectorThe Iliad takes place in 1200 B.C. on the North West coast of present day Turkey. Homer of Greece put the epic on paper for the first time in the ninth century. From that moment on the Iliad and Achilles would be known around the ancient and present day world as the epic of the warrior. People referred to Achilles for centuries as a great hero, who lived for the warrior code. Alexander the Great, one of the world's most successful generals, lived by the epic and kept it at his side at all times. Sophocles wrote 123 plays and many of which were from books in the Iliad. The epic taught the ancient and modern world about life and death, glory and revenge. Homer's epic poem was the definition of the warrior's life in it's time and to the preset day.Troy was a great city on the coast of the Aegean Sea. Troy was said to have had the greatest walls of it's time. Homer described the city as a great city perched on top of a hill with a view of Mount Ida in the distance and completely surrounded by fields of grain and wheat. It was the Bronze Age therefore warriors were still fighting with spears and man size shields in battle. Greece was ruled by independent tribes at the time. Homer wrote the world as he knew it to exist. His view is very accurate and depicts the time well. It was circa 1200 B.C. and the Achaeans were fighting the Trojans over Paris' abduction of Helen, Menelaus' wife. To retrieve his beautiful wife, Menelaus called together many captains, heros and men from all over the Greek world. This was when men would prove themselves as real warriors and hero's of their society. The men would prove themselves as real warriors by risking their life, precious mortal life, for revenge and dignity.C. Sinclair Lewis gave his view of the warrior in a very different era. He wrote his view of life, death and war in the twentieth century, thousands of years after the Trojan War. Their views on war, life and death have similarities yet extremely different. They believed that every man should live life to the fullest and to fight in war. Sinclair stated in his writings that every man should experience war to appreciate and understand death. Death is inevitable and happens to everyone. Only experiencing death and people fighting at full potential do you realize how precious life is. What we do during our lives, weather it consists of a healthy life for years until a person dies of cancer or a person who lives for twenty years then dies in battle, is what makes life matter.Homer believed in the same ideal. Homer believed that all men should live the life they have to the fullest and should experience war. Yet Homer's reason for fighting isn't to realize what death is but to prove yourself and your life. Live for glory and die as a warrior. Many men for thousands of years lived by this philosophy; Achilles, Ajax and Alexander the Great. Death is...

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