But, so much of our concepts of warfare to hero's to honor come from this, without a hint of hyperbole, genuine epic. It has profoundly effected religion and politics as well. Even if you've never read it or its sequel the Odyssey (of course you have! Its mandatory reading in school) you've been effected by it in incalculable ways. Greek black figure amphora The Greek alphabet was created to capture the Iliad. What was probably a little skirmish over a trade route, over 500 years of singing, sharing and human embellishment, when finally put to written word was naturally engineered into the greatest balls out manifesto to manliness of alllll time. Supposedly written by one man. Homer. A blind wondering poet (makes perfect sense to me ) that created the Greek alphabet and wrote the 2 poems down around late eight hundred BCE. Some others with the belief that instead of it being one man, "Homer" was a conglomerate of people over time working toward capturing the stories of ancient Troy and it's fallout. Though I've always been of the opinion that the differences in the writing style and story telling of the Iliad and the Odyssey make it a near sure thing that the 2 were written by different hand(s). I could go on and on talking about favorite scenes, hero's and God's from these masterpieces. But instead would love to hear about it from you. And, even more so, would love to see those beautiful coins showing scenes inspired from the hand of Homer! Speaking of, here's my coin of the man hard at work: Ionia, Smyrna. Circa 125-115 BC. Æ 20mm (21mm, 8.27g). Phanokrates, magistrate. Laureate head of Apollo right / The poet Homer seated left, holding scroll. Milne, Autonomous 194a; SNG Copenhagen. Former Kairos Numismatik Here is my very first coin. Given to me by the smartest man I've ever known, my dad. A JC fouree with Aeneas fleeing Troy carrying his pop on his shoulder. I guess I could call it a fatherly fouree and it would be a double entandre: Julius Caesar, †44 BC. Denarius fouree, Africa, 47-46 BC. AR 3.84 g. Diademed head of Venus r. Rev. CAESAR Aeneas running l., carrying his father Anchises on his l. shoulder, holding palladium on his outstretched r. hand. Cr. 458/1. Syd. 1013. One of my favorite newer coins. Ajax the lesser ("Hey! I resemble that remark." Says Ajax): LokrisOpuntia Hemidrachm around 350 BCE 2.60 g. Head of a nymph with reed wreath, simple ear pendants and necklace to the right / Ajax in the Corinthian helmet with drawn short sword storming to the right, holding above the left arm oval shield with a lion as inner jewelry, spear lying on the ground. BMC 26 Very nice Does anyone else have some Trojan treasures that they are willing to share? Or maybe just a favorite story or musing?