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What does the title of Book VIII of the Iliad mean?

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b-u | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 4, 2008 at 5:01 AM via web

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What does the title of Book VIII of the Iliad mean?

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hosni | Teacher | Honors

Posted August 27, 2008 at 10:57 PM (Answer #1)

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 I have read the Iliad, Chapman's Iliad and there are no titles only arguments, like all the epics I've read. Would you tell me what the title is?

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mjush | College Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted September 22, 2008 at 3:31 PM (Answer #2)

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I'm not sure each book has one simple meaning. The purpose of all the books is really to focus on Achilles and Agamemnon's disagreements and how that plays a role in the entire war and the outcome of the war.  Book 8 focuses on the idea of fate. In this book, Zeus is warning all the gods not to interfere in the war so that the war can end so that the predetermined outcome can happen naturally.

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