The Iliad Author:Samuel Butler (Translator), Homer The Iliad (or Song of Ilion) is an epic poem in dactylic hexameters, traditionally attributed to Homer. Set in the Trojan War, the ten-year siege of Ilium by a coalition of Greek states, it tells of the battles and events during the weeks of a quarrel between King Agamemnon and the warrior Achilles. Although the story covers only a few ... more »weeks in the final year of the war, The Iliad mentions or alludes to many of the Greek legends about the siege.
Along with The Odyssey, also attributed to Homer, The Iliad is among the oldest extant works of Western literature, and its written version is usually dated to around the eighth century BC. The Iliad contains over 25,000 lines, and is written in a literary amalgam of several Greek dialects.« less
"The Iliad", Homer's first epic that is continued in "The Odyssey", isn't as fun or involving as its successor, in my opinion, but it's still one of the first stories ever put to paper in the Western world and, like "The Odyssey", lays the foundations for stories which would come later. A good tale of war, intrigue, backstabbing, and violence, "The Iliad" also does well showing the cold hearts of the Grecian gods and goddesses. Do read this, especially the translation by Robert Fagles, to discover one of the most important works in Western literature history.