Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare studied Robert Fagles’ translation of The Iliad in order to create an engaging yet compact play designed to reach a contemporary audience. It is a one performer play, where a poet who may be Homer uses story-telling tricks and techniques to retell the 40 day story that took place in the 9th year of the 10 year Trojan War. The poet takes the form of classic characters such as Agamemnon, Achilles, Helen, Andromache, Hector and King Pram to new a few. Students can easily act out the brief play or view the performance.
This guide has 25 viewing questions in fill-in-the blank format that serves a notes. An answer key is provided. This is perfect for pre-teaching The Iliad or for reviewing the story before a test. An Iliad performance can be found on the internet, and a link is provided in the answer key.
Key words: AP English Language, AP English Literature, 9th Grade Literature, British Literature, rhetoric, drama, love, Shakespeare, violence, tradition, wisdom, World History, Social Studies, King Lear