The Iliad of Homer focuses on the actions of the hero Achilleus and their consequences. Homer tells the story of the Trojan War, not only the battles, but also looking at the misery of war, fate and the role of the gods. His use of formulae enforce certain ideas upon his audience, Homer's descriptions of death often include the same formulaic phrase such as "his soul sank down to Hades" this is used to symbolise the death of not only the person in question, but the deaths of the many victims of war, all become equal in death. In this way, the epic is not only a war story, but a story of emotion and real life. It is also important to remember that Homer composed the poem to be recited rather than read, this can make the book seem long and perhaps even a little tedious to read at times, but perseverance is highly rewarding. The Iliad and Odyssey are perhaps two of the most important pieces of literature in existence, it is a pity that they are not more widely known and appreciated.