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.