Sing, Goddess, sing of the rage of Achilles, son of Peleus,
that murderous anger which condemned Achaeans
to countless agonies and threw many warrior souls
deep into Hades…
(Translation by Ian Johnston, of Vancouver Island University, Canada)
Iliad, Book VIII, lines 245–53, Greek manuscript, late 5th, early 6th centuries AD
More than two and a half millennia, and yet the story of the Trojan war is never dying. Glorious warriors clash with brave (and sometimes not so brave) fighters. Heroes fight and cry and have quarrels. Great men get bad-tempered and cranky, others get scared and run for their lives.
In the oldest source of that epic collision - the Iliad - one could read of everything.
What mostly can be found, though, is …DEATH.
Do you know, for example, who was the champion of killing in the Trojan war? Who has wounded the greatest number of enemies? Who has treacherously sneaked in the back of his rival?
I’ve recently stumbled upon that site, where I was pleased to discover the answers to the questions above. What really attracted my attention was the form of this curious statistic.