In his introduction Harold Bloom states that, together with the Bible, the Iliad "represents the foundation of Western literature, thought, and spirituality." The piece is the focus of this title in our Bloom's Notes series. Along with a collection of some of the best criticism available on the work, this text includes a structural and thematic analysis, an index of themes and ideas, and more. This series is edited by Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of the Humanities, Yale University; Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Professor of English, New York University Graduate School. These texts are the ideal aid for all students of literature, presenting concise, easy-to-understand biographical, critical, and bibliographical information on a specific literary work. Also provided are multiple sources for book reports and term papers with a wealth of information on literary works, authors, and major characters.