What does The Iliad show about ancient Greek civilization, history and culture?

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Of the many realities shown about the Greek culture, I think Homer does a good job of showing how savage the society truly is.  There is much in way of glory that is displayed, and much more in way of honor.  Yet, undercutting all of this is a particular savagery and brutality that marks the culture and all who live in it.  Achilles is just as brutal as he is gifted at war.  The dragging of...

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