An Iliad

An Iliad Tickets

The O’Reilly Theater is presenting an adaptation of the Greek poem, An Iliad that translates into “Song of Ilium” or “Song of Lion.” Composed in 760-710 BC, the epic poem is based on the 10 year siege that took over Troy, back then known as “Ilium.” Recent presentations of this poem have been held by the Broad Stage, the Guthrie Theater and Court Theatre. This year the Pittsburgh Public Theater is recreating the language of Homer, translating the sophisticated classic literature into the informal manner in which we speak today. Become witness to the famous tale of the Greek era that will present characters namely Hector, Achilles, Helen of Troy and Agamemnon. An Iliad tickets for the upcoming series of shows are in high demand.

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An Iliad

Event Type

Live theater

Presented by

Pittsburgh Public Theater

The O’Reilly Theater

The forthcoming stage presentations of An Iliad will take place at the O’Reilly Theater located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Inaugurated in 1999, the building is a 650 seat theater that is a part of the Cultural District. Costing twenty five million dollars, the O’Reilly Theater was designed by Michael Graves. Before the construction of the theatre there was a library hall, lecture facility, musical hall, vaudeville house and academy in its place. It was in 1999 when the facility was turned into a performing arts center by the Turner Construction Company. The debut show that took place at the O’Reilly Theater was a production of “King Hedley II” created by August Wilson. This time the venue is bringing forth multiple shows of An Iliad.

Historical Value of An Iliad

Written by Homer, who is considered one of the greatest Greek poets, An Iliad is the first of the sequels written by the poet, the other one being Odyssey. An Iliad is one of the oldest texts of Western literature with its original version being written in the 18th century. Originally written in Homeric Greek, the modern version of the poem contains 15,693 lines. The main characters of the poem consists of Achaeans namely Agamemnon who is the King of Mycenae, Achilles the leader of Myrmidons, Odysseus the King of Ithaca, Menelaus King of Sparta; Gods namely Zeus, Hera, Artemis, Apollo, Hades, Aphrodite, Ares, Athena, Hermes, Poseidon and Hephaestus and Trojans that consist of Hector the son of King Priam, Aeneas the son of Aphrodite, Paris Helen’s lover, Agenor a Trojan warrior and Sarpedon the son of Zeus.

Story of An Iliad

The story of the poem begins during the tenth year of the Trojan War at the time when King Agamemnon abducted priest Chryses’ daughter. Begging to return his daughter, the priest then prays to Apollo to send a plague against King Agamemnon and his empire called the Achaeans. After nine days since the plague, King Agamemnon agrees to return Chryses’ daughter, however before doing so he demands for Achilles to hand over his girlfriend. Enraged but unable to do anything, Achilles agrees and gives his girlfriend, Briseis to the King. He then prays to his goddess mother, Thetis to make his clan, the Achaeans lose in battle so that they will know Achilles’ true worth. Thetis gets Zeus to agree to this demand and sends in Hector, one of Trojans’ fiercest warriors to attack the Achaeans. Pinning them against the wall, Achilles’ friend Patroclus gains permission to go into battle and is killed by Hector. Achilles, who is grieved by his friend’s death, asks his goddess mother to get him to fire-armor and makes his way into the war. Killing Hector, he defiles his body for several days to get his revenge, during which time, Hector’s father, the Trojan King Priam appears unarmed and asks for his son’s body. Touched by this, Achilles invites him to share a meal with him and hands over Hector’s body. The poem ends with Hector being provided with a funeral fit for a king.

More about An Iliad

  • The themes that are presented in the poem include Nostos, Kleos, Time, Wrath and Fate.
  • There is a debate about the poem belonging to the 7th century. However, most scholars have come to a consensus that An Iliad was finished in the 8th century.
  • In the 10th century AD, a fully extant manuscript of the Iliad was created titled “Venetus A”, which is to date the oldest extant manuscript.
  • An Iliad had great influence on classical Greek poetry especially during the Byzantine and Hellenistic periods.
  • An Iliad inspired William Shakespeare, who used the plot to write his play “Troilus and Cressida.”