The Bestiality of War Crimes: An Analysis of Homer’s Illiad

  • Satvik Ramakrishna
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  • Satvik Ramakrishna

    Student at School of Law, Christ University, India

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The concept of war crimes is as old as warfare itself. Homer's Iliad is a classic epic poem that depicts the Trojan War and its aftermath. This article aims to analyze the various war crimes committed in the Iliad and how they relate to modern-day international law. The methodology used in this research is a qualitative analysis of the text, drawing upon relevant legal instruments such as the Geneva Conventions and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. The results show that the war crimes committed in the Iliad include indiscriminate killing, torture and use of prohibited weapons. These actions violate modern-day international humanitarian law and constitute war crimes. The implications of this research highlight the need for the international community to take strong measures to prevent and punish war crimes. The Iliad serves as a warning of the brutalities of war and the importance of upholding human rights and dignity, even in times of conflict. This research also shows the relevance of the Iliad in modern times, as war crimes continue to be committed in various parts of the world.


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International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 6, Issue 6, Page 1658 - 1661


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