"the bloodiest parts of Homer and Aeschylus are often the most magnificent"
 Homer is the name by which we refer to an unknown poet, or several unknown poets, who composed the Iliad and the Odyssey. Nothing about him as an historical person is known. Three ancient cities claimed to be his birthplace: Chios, Smyrna and Ephesus, and the Iliad and the Odyssey are thought to have been composed between the late 8th and early 7th centuries B.C..

Aeschylus (c. 524- 455 B.C.) was an Ancient Greek dramatist, one of the three great tragedians alongside Sophocles and Euripides. He wrote the famous trilogy of plays called the Oresteia, from which Camilla quotes lower down the page.

Both Homer and Aeschylus' work are full of bloody descriptions of conflict and murder like the lines Camilla quotes. Homer's Iliad takes place during the Trojan War and often recounts the deaths of men in that conflict; and Aeschylus' Oresteia describes the bloody, vengeful consequences of one particular act which takes place during the same war. In the first play of the Oresteia, Agamemnon, Clytemnestra kills her husband Agamemnon, the king of Argos, in revenge for his having sacrificed their daughter Iphigenia to appease the gods before he joins the Trojan War.