Albert Camus in The Plague gives a pressing, pitilessly clear description of plague conditions:' We are all locked in a city. The gates are closed. The plague rages inside. The only question is, who will die first? This is the situation in Camus' town of Oran; it is also the situation of the Trojans in Homer's Illiad. And finally, it is the situation of human life.'
Saffire, Paula, "Whip, Whipped, and Doctors: Homer's Illiad and Camus' The Plague" (1994). Scholarship and Professional Work - LAS. Paper 60.