War and Peace in Homer

The Iliad is a war epic. The gods are at war. The Trojans and Achaeans are at war. Even factions of the Argives are at war with one another. Peace is momentary, fleeting, and elusive. The Odyssey, on the other hand, is an epic journey homeward, towards peace and tranquility. But even that journey is beset by trials of every kind. Odysseus is at war with himself and his crew to keep their eyes on the prize: Ithaca.