Characters in The Iliad
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The Iliad is an epic poem recounting the final year of the Trojan War — the Greek siege of the city of Ilion (Troy). It is considered one of the earliest Western works of literature and was written along with the Odyssey as early as the 9th century BC.
Son of Aphrodite, the only major Trojan figure to survive the war. According to later legends he is said to be the ancestor of the founders of Rome.
Supreme commander of the Achaean armies whose actions provoke the feud with Achilles; brother of King Menelaus
Son of Oileus often fights alongside Great Ajax; the two together are sometimes called the “Aeantes.”
Also known as (Aias) or Telamonian Ajax (he was the son of Telamon) and Greater Ajax
And mother of their infant son, Astyanax
Who argues that Helen should be returned to Menelaus in order to end the war.
Daughter of Cronus, and wife of Hephaestus. Love of Ares.
He guided the Greeks through the war with his predictions.
(also called "Tydides") - , famous for wounding two gods, Aphrodite and Ares.
Sent to the Achaean camp in Book 10 of The Iliad
Captured and given as a captive to King Nestor.
Leader of the Trojan and allied armies and heir apparent to the throne of Troy
Mother of 19 children including Hector, Cassandra and Paris
Younger brother of Agamemnon and King of Sparta
Remembered for his cowardice in war
Son of Neleus and Chloris
The principle character in Homer’s epic “The Odyssey” about his ten year journey back from The Trojan War to his home.
His shot at Menelaus in Book 4 breaks the temporary truce between the two sides
His abduction of Helen is the casus belli between the Greeks and Trojans
He acts as mediator between Achilles and Agamemnon
(Πρίαμος) has 50 sons who are all commanders in the Trojan army.
Who are allies of the Trojans with Glaucus.
Beaten by Odysseus with Agamemnon's sceptre for his criticism
His house was set on fire by the Achaeans when they sacked the city.
Facts contributed by:
Allan R. Matthes