The Hidden History of The Iliad

This exhibit serves as the second portion of a College of Wooster History and Classics Senior Independent Study by Lilie Pudnos '16.


This study explores the accessibility of The Iliad to a public audience through the medium of public history. My research identifies the important historical and cultural information a newcomer should learn in order to fully understand the teachings of The Iliad. This study proposes to illustrate how the historical perspective can make an ancient text, such as The Iliad, more useful to a public audience. This study teaches a public audience how to use a historical perspective by creating a museum exhibit focused on the historical narrative and its relation to the information in The Iliad.

To complement the analysis of The Iliad in this written essay, I have created a virtual exhibit drawing on The Iliad and news articles as primary sources, and various secondary sources.