- A famous ancient Greek epic poem about the Trojan War, attributed to Homer.
- Any long tragic story.
Etymology: from Ancient Greek (Iliís), the poem about á (Ilion), an alternate name for Troy.
- 1907: Gilbert Parker, The Weavers - As they listened to the tale he unfolded, some glow of pity must have possessed them; for it was an Iliad of herculean struggle against absolute disaster, ending with the bitter news of his grandfather's death.
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