Ostensible Rankings in the Iliad

A. Human generations

1. Earlier generation of heroes

E.g., Meleager, Heracles, Nestor's associates
2. Iliadic generation

2a. Sons of Iliadic generation

E.g., Telemachus (2x in Il.)
3. Men as they are now
E.g., a stone that two men such as men now are ... (Il. 20.285-88)

B. Gods, heroes, mortals

 1. gods

 2. heroes

 3. ordinary mortals