Revised Ostensible Rankings in the Iliad and Odyssey

A. Human generations

1. Earlier generation of heroes
    E.g., Meleager, Heracles, Nestorís associates

2. Heroes of Trojan War generation

3. Sons of Trojan War generation
    E.g., Telemachus (2x in Il.; major role in Od.)

4. Wives of heroes of Trojan War generation

5. Ordinary persons, men and women, as they are now
    E.g., "a stone that two men such as men now are Ö " (Il. 20.285-88)

6. The dead