Blog Posts - The Iliad



77 Front Street

77 Front Street I first entered Gleason’s Gym at 77 Front Street in January 1997. It was a late morning, during the week, and I’d been working up the courage to cross the divide into a “real” boxing gym for some time. Entering the second floo...
by Girlboxing on Nov 26, 2016

Superman: Unchained #1 & 2

Let me preface this review by stating that I was as enchanted by Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel as anybody. Obviously, to me, the most logical means of releasing my newfound enthusiasm for the character was to explore his original two-dimensional mediu...
by Comics by Stars & Popcorn on Jul 29, 2013

Olympic dreams all 36 of them!

Olympic dreams all 36 of them! One of the great things about life is the capacity to surprise. Beyond surprises though are the hopes and dreams that inform all of our greatest achievements. Today marked one of those brilliant moments when the first o...
by Girlboxing on Aug 5, 2012

Homer's Iliad epic poem.

The poem dates to the archaic period of Classical Antiquity. Scholarly consensus mostly places it in the 8th century BC, although some favour a 7th century date. Herodotus placed Homer at approximately 400 years before his own time, circa 850 BC. T...
by info Travel 4 Greece on Jun 4, 2012

Soaping up the Classics

I like to pretend that the classics are a soap opera. It started when I was in tenth grade and I had to give a presentation to my class about Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. I was messing around, trying to figure out how to explain th...
by Book Riot on Oct 6, 2011

The Blind Assassin Close-Read, Volume II

I'm participating in The Atlantic's 1book140 read-a-long of Margaret Atwood's The Blind Assassin this month. The following is the second of a series of posts close-reading sections of the novel. If you somehow found your way...
by The Reading Ape on Jun 8, 2011

The Blind Assassin Close-Read, Volume II

I'm participating in The Atlantic's 1book140 read-a-long of Margaret Atwood's The Blind Assassin this month. The following is the second of a series of posts close-reading sections of the novel. If you somehow found your way...
by The Reading Ape on Jun 8, 2011

The Blind Assassin Close-Read, Volume II

I'm participating in The Atlantic's 1book140 read-a-long of Margaret Atwood's The Blind Assassin this month. The following is the second of a series of posts close-reading sections of the novel. If you somehow found your way...
by The Reading Ape on Jun 8, 2011

Ask the Ape!: Lost Masterworks Edition

This installment comes not from a reader but from a student, and it is more speculation than question. This particular student has fallen hard for the Iliad and he was wondering what of Homer's poetry has been lost. A story of Agamemnon's return? Or...
by The Reading Ape on Oct 9, 2010

A Brief Review of Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes

At the outset of The Iliad, Achilles has withdrawn from the Greek assault on Troy because his commander, Agamemnon, insulted him. This upends Achilles' understanding of how the world works; the courageous are not always rewarded and the powerful are...
by The Reading Ape on May 12, 2010

How Are Women Represented in The Iliad?

“[Achilles] will kill me, unprotected as I am / my gear laid, defenseless as a woman.”  Hector to Andromache Different types of women are represented in the epic poem The Iliad: strong-willed and shrewd women, damsel-in-distress types, wicke...
by At Close Proximities on Dec 15, 2009


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