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Homer's The Iliad is an epic poem that portrays the Trojan War, with Achilles as the central figure. It depicts the clashes between Greek and Trojan warriors, exploring themes of honour, fate, and the human condition. Through vivid battles and emotional encounters, Homer's masterpiece captures the essence of heroism and the tragic consequences of war.

Achilles Achilles, a formidable warrior, takes centre stage in the Trojan War and embarks on a personal journey of anger, grief, and redemption.
Hector Hector, the valiant prince of Troy, becomes Achilles' primary adversary in the war.
Agamemnon Agamemnon, the king of Mycenae, leads the Greek forces but his conflicts with Achilles impact the war's outcome.
Patroclus Patroclus, Achilles' loyal comrade and friend, tragically dies on the battlefield.
Priam Priam, the king of Troy, embarks on a perilous mission to Achilles' camp to plead for the return of his son Hector's body
Odysseus Odysseus, a shrewd Greek hero, utilises his intellect and cunning in various situations, including the Trojan Horse strategy.
Diomedes Diomedes, a skilled warrior, contributes significantly to the Greek cause and is renowned for his courage and fighting prowess.
Ajax Ajax, a mighty Greek warrior, fights alongside Achilles and is celebrated for his strength and unwavering loyalty.
Menelaus Menelaus, Agamemnon's brother, participates in the war and is central to the conflict surrounding Helen.
Paris Paris, the Trojan prince, triggers the war by abducting Helen.

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