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Probably written in the 9th-century B.C. and based on an actual historical event that occurred in the 13th century B.C., Homer's Iliad is one of the great epic poems of the Western World. The poem essentially tells the story of a few days near the end of the ten-year-long Trojan War, detailing the destructive quarrel between the great warrior-hero Achilles and King Agamemnon, the battle between Paris and Menelaus for Helen of Troy, the Greek assault on the city, the Trojan counterattacks, the intervention of the gods on the part of their favorites on either side and numerous other incidents and events.
Lexile Measure: 1330L
©1999. 303 pages, paperback, 5 by 8 inches, middle school/high school.