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The Iliad, Improved: An Illustrated Panorama

August 23, 2012 | by

These panels tell the story of Ajax, as related in the Iliad and by Sophocles. I’d originally intended to treat the story without embellishment but just couldn’t allow poor Ajax to fall on his own sword at the end. Homer’s world is populated with people driven by mad and almost childlike uncontrollable passions. They did not reflect deeply on their actions. When I think social media has just about driven me bonkers and start lamenting modern times, I need only consider the senseless, sensation-drunk world of the Iliad and Odyssey to realize that every age on record has been frantically moving toward self-destruction.

Jason Novak works at a grocery store in Berkeley, California, and changes diapers in his spare time.

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  1. GZ | August 24, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    @Jason
    Of your TPR illustrations, this is my favorite to date. The inclusion of your insightful commentary was a nice touch.

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