The Number Of Speeches In The Iliad Adds Up To A Suspicious Sum

(Achilles Slays Hector by Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640), [Public Domain] via Creative Commons)


The number of individual speeches contained in Homer’s Iliad may astound people because of the sheer size of the number. Suspicious people, however, shiver when they see the sum. Other readers, who keep up with Internet memes and lingo may even say that the Illuminati is confirmed after seeing how many speeches are in The Iliad.

 According to Peter Jones, who edited, revised and introduced the 2014 Penguin Books publication of The Iliad, the great epic poem of Homer contains exactly 666 speeches. Cue the spooky music!

Written by C. Keith Hansley


  • The Iliad by Homer, translated by E. V. Rieu and revised by Peter Jones. New York: Penguin Books, 2014.

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