There are 240, give or take, deaths in Homer’s Iliad. Physical death is a regular occurrence throughout the epic, but the culture surrounding death is not one of indifference. It seems as though many warriors fight to be remembered, with a secondary focus on surviving the war. Inspired by this idea in Homer’s epic, I created an original oil painting depicting a surreal depiction of a decapitated warrior. Kleos, the greek concept of glory, is a common theme in the course of events of the Iliad, and is often given as the reason for one to keep fighting. This attitude surrounding the pursuit of glory is the foundation of my painting. The figure, whose head levitates above his body, is depicted with a tranquil expression. Even though the figure has been physically beheaded, there is no blood, no anguish, and no pain. The figure is at peace with his death, because he has achieved posthumous glory. The limbo between life and death is also portrayed through the figure’s closed mouth. Ancient greek culture viewed the time of death as the moment where the spirit, or psyche, left the soul of the body through a small breath. The figure’s mouth is closed, indicating that he has not yet released his final breath. The figure possesses no distinguishing attire or characteristics that reveal a specific identity, rather, he represents the collective identity of the entire army. In the process of painting, I was careful to express the nuances of the greek culture surrounding death and glory without being completely overt. Like the Iliad, it is subtleties of the piece that reveal the most about the meaning of the work as a whole.