- (italics) a Greek epic poem describing the siege of Troy, ascribed to Homer.
- (sometimes lowercase) any similar poem; a long narrative.
- (often lowercase) a long series of woes, trials, etc.
Origin of Iliad
Examples from the Web for iliad
The scientists tracked the words in the "Iliad" the way they would track genes in a genome.
They looked for Swadesh words in the "Iliad" and found 173 of them.
In the Iliad, a Chimera is a grotesque animal jumble, “lion-fronted and snake behind, a goat in the middle.”Delegitimizing Israel Makes Peace Harder to Achieve
February 28, 2013
Waiting for the Barbarians By Daniel Mendelsohn A master classicist takes on subjects from the ‘Iliad’ to ‘Avatar.’This Week’s Hot Reads: Oct. 7, 2012
October 7, 2012
Men have been punching each other in the head since the beginning of time, and you will find references to boxing in The Iliad.Olympics Kickoff: Boris Johnson on London’s Sporty Side
July 27, 2012
Their poems may not have such a sweep as the Iliad, still their sweep is great.
I put by my "Iliad," feeling sure that I should be able to finish it again.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
There is a detailed description of the proceedings in Iliad i. 456 sqq.History of Religion
His life 'is an Iliad of calamities, a chain of misfortunes.Erasmus and the Age of Reformation
The saints of the Christian took the place of the gods of the "Iliad."Christmas: Its Origin and Associations
William Francis Dawson
- a Greek epic poem describing the siege of Troy, attributed to Homer and probably composed before 700 bc
Word Origin and History for iliad
from Latin Ilias (genitive Iliadis), from Greek Ilias poiesis "poem of Ilion" (Troy), literally "city of Ilius," the mythical founder.