The Iliad, Visualized


The names of so many heroes and gods fly by when you’re reading or hearing the Iliad read aloud. One of the challenges (and joys!) of the Iliad is the concentration it asks of you in making an effort to balance all those characters amid so much action. One way to simplify the crush of names is to visualize them. Data designer Santiago Ortiz came up with these two ways to analyze Iliad names. One harnesses the names to a time stream and sizes them by the amount they are present on the page. The network chart (and adjacent treemap) shows all of the relationships among the characters based on their co-occurence. Diaz used this translation by A.S. Kline. and loaded the data here for the name-stream and network charts.  


Here is a hi-res image of the word map


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