Iliad: books divisions made by alexandrian editors (24 letters in greek alphabet, potentially broken into 3 oral performances. Book i: proem (prelude): first several lines of the poem, thought that the poems should bring us in medias res (into the middle of the matter) First word (greek) is wrath theme of poem; also treatment of bodies/mutilation of corpses; conflict (especially between agamemnon & achilles); banquet perversion; divine apparatus; objectivity of women; time; fathers and sons. Poems are largely massive feats of memory. Symbol of the knowledge of past famous deeds & people: agamemnon is king of argos. Attack on troy is one of greek kings. Agamemnon considered most important because of the power of mycenae at the time. First directed against agamemnon, but later against hector: treatment of bodies after death also a common theme, banquet perversion also appears several times (odyssey uses very different connotations of hospitality & feasting, divine apparatus.