A PERFECT DAY – WOMEN AND THE CITY
With war commenced, Homer explores what it means for a man to join the field of action – an exploration that he will continue throughout the Iliad.
Book 5. The Perfect Day. Diomedes embodies the dash and splendour of heroic fighting but is deprived of the real splendour given by the shadow of death.
Book 6. Women and the City. Hector, as hero of the besieged city, fights because he has no choice and enters the field of action knowing that he will die. The city that he defends is embodied in the lives of its women and the world they represent.