What is Required by man in the world of The Iliad.

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Expectations of Man in the Iliad

Battles and death all around thousands of men every single day in the days of the Trojan War. The Iliad, was written by a Greek writer named Homer, and it takes place during the ninth year of the Trojan War. The Iliad, is believed to have been written between 750 and 650 B.C., and took place in the city of Troy. The fighting begins with a querrel over two women and who they belong to. The war is about Menelaes trying to retreive his wife Helen from Paris' son Priam, the king of Troy. Men had to have control over what they do, in order to help their city-states survive. According to Homers' Iliad the world required man to display admiral characteristics and have good integrity to be accepted by their society and acheive in life.

Men, to survive in society, have to be brave and not yield to any force on the battlefield in order to acheive glory and fame in their world.

Homer often described the men who where heroes as fierce animals in the wild. 'Now gripping this,

Hefting a pair of spears, he joined the battle,

formidable as some hill-bred lion, ravenous

for meat after long abstinence. His valor

summons him to attempt homesteads and flocks-

and though he find herdsmen on hand with dogs

and spears to guard the sheep, he will not turn

without a fling at the stockade.' (Homer 12.335-342)

Hektor, a very fierce warrior for the Trojans is compared to a Lion, because of his human power and strength. Homer's similes give the reader a true visualization of what is happening in the epic poem. War is very scary and devastating to the warriors and their families. 'Now the earth

grew stained with bright blood...