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Why does a conflict take place between Agamemnon and Achilles in the Iliad?

The conflict between Achilles and Agamemnon over the sex slave Briseis may seem somewhat trivial on the face of it. But to both these men with big egos, this is a matter of honor. As far as...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2020 10:35 am UTC

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Why Does Achilles Refuse To Fight

Achilles is a Greek hero, and this means he has character flaws. Achilles is enraged when Agamemnon takes Briseis, and this action threatens his pride. Achilles is egotistical and craves glory and...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2010 1:18 am UTC

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From the conversation between Hector and Andromache in the Iliad, choose details which show great love between the...

The scene in which Andromache bids farewell to Hector on the eve of battle is one of the most tender in the entire poem. Hector appears in body armor, a long plume emerging from his helmet, to say...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2020 11:53 am UTC

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Human feelings are always mixed, and there is no true unconditional love. Explain this statement byanalyzing the...

As we see in book 3 of the Iliad, Helen and Paris have mixed feelings for one another. Especially in Helen, lust and an extreme desire for Paris mix with a sense of sorrow and disgust at the...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2020 12:54 pm UTC

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Mention three things that would make a woman precious. Why is Andromache called the "precious wife" of Hector in the...

Andromache is precious to Hector for the following three reasons. First, he knows she loves and cares about him. As she tells him, he is her everything: a husband, a beloved companion, and also,...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2019 5:54 pm UTC

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In The Iliad, what happens because of Achilles's anger? What are three consequences?

Achilles is the pre-eminent warrior among the Achaeans, and his status as such makes his rage the primary driver of events in the Iliad. Wherever his rage is directed, the action of the poem...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2019 1:49 pm UTC

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What is the implication of this statement: "The Trojan women have gone to Athena's temple to make supplications"? The...

To offer supplications to a god is to pray to them and ask for favors. The Trojan women are terrified and turning to Athena, the goddess of wisdom, for protection against the invading Greeks. In...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2020 11:38 am UTC

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What does the Iliad reveal about the earliest days of Greek culture?

The Iliad reveals much about Greek culture as it existed before the Classical Age. As other contributors have already pointed out, we see within this poem the primacy of warfare in the era....

Latest answer posted October 3, 2019 12:40 am UTC

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What are the two reasons Hector left the battlefield and returned to Troy in the Iliad?

It's not enough for the Trojans to fight bravely on the field of battle. If they're going to prevail against the Achaeans, they're going to need some divine assistance. That's one of the reasons...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2019 8:42 am UTC

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Why is Andromache called Hector's "precious wife"? Mention three things that would make a woman precious in the Iliad.

Andromache is called Hector's precious wife quite simply because she is precious to him. The entire war is caused by Paris's love for Helen, and the squabble between Agamemnon and Achilles which...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2020 10:42 am UTC

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How does Homer portray the relationship between gods and humans? What roll do gods play in human life? How does this...

The gods and goddesses portrayed in Homer's Iliad are anthropomorphic, meaning that they take forms like those of human beings. Even though they are immortal and have great powers, the gods have...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2018 5:54 pm UTC

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Why does Achilles refuse to fight for Agamemnon and the Greeks until the death of Patroclus?

In Book 1 of the Iliad, Agamemnon is forced to return the girl Chryseis to her father, a priest of Apollo, in order to end a mysterious plague that has been afflicting the Greek army. Agamemnon is...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2019 10:47 am UTC

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What epic elements do you find in Homer's Iliad?  

The structure and themes of Homer's epic poem the Iliad have become the exemplar for many of the subsequent epic poems in the Western literary canon. For your assignment, consider the following...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2018 11:23 am UTC

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What relevance does the Iliad have in modern times?

First of all, The Iliad is extremely important as a historical document and a lens through which we can examine the ancient past. Through this epic, we can gain insights into the religious life of...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2020 2:39 am UTC

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What is the relationship between gods and mortals in Homer's Iliad?

The gods have a complicated but important role in The Iliad. On the one hand, they are far more powerful than human beings and are depicted as having the ability to shape and manipulate human...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2020 6:44 am UTC

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Was Helen abducted or did she fall in love with Paris and run off with him voluntarily?

Both versions appear in antiquity. Neither is "correct" or "incorrect". They are just two different versions of a story.

Latest answer posted July 1, 2015 1:43 am UTC

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How do you interpret the involvement of the gods and goddesses in human life in the Iliad? Do you think that they...

In the Iliad, the gods and goddesses play a very important part. In order to answer your question, you might want to explain that this is because the ancient Greek faith believed that the gods were...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2020 9:51 am UTC

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What angered Hector, making him face Achilles in Homer's Iliad?

Achilles became angered by Hector when in Book 17 Hector killed Achilles' dear friend and half brother Patroclus. In Book 17, Achilles sends Patroclus to help defend the Achaian ships from the...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2014 6:50 am UTC

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Human feelings are always mixed, and there is no true unconditional love. Explain this statement by analyzing the...

Even if one accepts that there really is such a thing as unconditional love between humans, it’s notable by its absence from the relationship between Helen and Paris. To a large extent, this is...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2020 8:09 am UTC

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If you were Paris, whose bribe would you choose? Athena? Aphrodite? Or Hera?

Answers will vary for this opinion-based question. It is important to provide reasons to back up and explain your answer. Zeus is reluctant to bestow the golden apple. He says Paris, a Trojan...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2019 5:25 pm UTC

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What prayer does Hector make for his child in the Iliad?

As he heads off out to battle, Hector knows what's at stake. If Troy should fall, then all the men will be wiped out and the women and children sold into slavery. As Hector has a wife and son, he's...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2020 11:02 am UTC

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Why was it dangerous for King Priam to ransom the body of Hector in the Iliad?

It was dangerous for King Priam to claim the body of his son Hector because he had to go into the Greek camp all by himself. He might have been killed or taken prisoner before he ever reached...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2012 4:50 pm UTC

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What is the moral of the story of the Iliad of Homer?

As readerofbooks suggests, there may be many morals in a work of such length and complexity as Homer's Iliad. As his post also suggests, "the costs of pride" can be argued to be the central moral...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2015 6:48 pm UTC

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What is the message Homer wants to tell us by giving a vivid description of the bloodshed and carnage of the Trojan...

Homer's world is very different than our world. This might be an obvious statement, but it is a necessary point to make. In Homer's world, certain characteristics were valued like courage, honor,...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2009 12:34 pm UTC

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Why was Andromache near the battlements in The Iliad?

Andromache is near the battlement, or city wall, because Troy's fundamental civil engineering feat is the development of these high walls. She stands at these walls at a couple of moments. The...

Latest answer posted July 9, 2011 2:21 pm UTC

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How do you interpret the involvement of the gods and goddesses in human life in the Iliad? Do you think that they...

The gods and goddesses of ancient Greek mythology regularly intervene throughout the Iliad. They get involved at key points, invariably driving the action forward. In doing so, they show themselves...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2020 7:03 am UTC

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In the Iliad, what qualities of Hector and Andromache are revealed?

The Iliad reveals the loyalty and devotion which are integral parts of Hector's and Andromache's characterization. Hector and Andromache are two of the most loyal characters in the Iliad. They...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2016 4:03 am UTC

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In the situation of Hector in Iliad, which would you choose—responsibility to people or responsibility to one's ability?

I would make the choice that Hector makes: responsibility to other people. This is one of the many personal qualities that makes Hector such a sympathetic character and which distinguishes him from...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2019 4:44 am UTC

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How does Achilles change over the course of the Iliad?

Achilles comes into the Iliad a glorious and prideful hero, demanding due respect and prizes for the acts of glory and talent he displays on the battlefield at Troy. This can be seen in Book One...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2019 1:42 pm UTC

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What is the influence of the Iliad in today's world?

Plato called Homer the teacher of Greece and Homer has continued to be widely read, referred to, and imitated throughout subsequent western literature, from Virgil's Aeneid to Walcott's Omeros. As...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2018 8:57 pm UTC

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In The Iliad, who is responsible for the death of Achilles and who helps him?

Achilles death is not described in the text of The Iliad. The story of his death is part of later Greek myths. However the death of Achilles is predicted by Hector in Book 22, as he is dying by...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2009 7:38 am UTC

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What caused the Trojan War referred to in Homer's Iliad and The Odyssey?

Historians have now dug up enough facts to believe that something like the Trojan War may have really occurred. However, the story of how it began and what started it is part of Ancient Greek...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2013 1:56 am UTC

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What is the importance of arete in the Iliad?

Arete is honor and excellence. Males achieved arete in the Ancient Greek world by becoming valiant warriors. War was the chief source of male honor in life and after death, for courageous fighters...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2019 3:44 am UTC

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What is 'In medias res'? How it is used in the Homer's Iliad?

As noted by gcarden498, "in medias res" is a Latin phrase meaning "in the middle of things." With respect to Homer's Iliad, because other poems in the Greek epic cycle dealt with the events leading...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2011 3:17 am UTC

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What was Achilles's reaction to Patroclus's death in the Iliad?

Homer's Iliad opens with thematic lines: Anger be now my song, immortal one, Akhileus' anger, doomed and ruinous, That causes the Akhaians loss on bitter loss And crowded brave souls into the...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2019 2:08 pm UTC

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How did King Priam react after his son Hector was brutally killed by Achilles ?

The most famous description of Hector's death occurs in Book 22 of Homer's Iliad. In this book, Achilles, having reconciled his quarrel with Agamemnon, returns to the fighting and is intent on...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2011 2:19 am UTC

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How did Hector die in Homer's Iliad?

There are two ways in which to answer this. Let me give you two types of answers. One from a human point of view, and another from a divine point of view. From a human point of view, Hector died...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2012 6:01 am UTC

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Discuss significant epic conventions that are found in the Iliad.

Homer's poem The Iliad is a classic example of an epic poem because it adheres to the traditional epic form in so many ways. For instance, the story takes place over a wide area. Specifically, The...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2019 4:35 pm UTC

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Why does Apollo help Hector and the Trojans?

Apollo helps Hector and the Trojans because the god is angry at the Greeks for dishonoring his priest. According to Homer: And which of the gods was it that set them on to quarrel? It was the son...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2015 11:37 pm UTC

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What is the name of Achilles's horses?

Achilles' stallions were named Balios and Xanthos, born of a union between the harpy Podarge and Zephyros (the West Wind). The horses, who were immortal, were given by Poseidon as a gift to...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2018 9:10 am UTC

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Is The Iliad an epic?

Homer's The Iliad is one of the most famous examples of Classic Greek poetry. Epic poetry is characterized by lengthy narrative and themes of heroism or a journey. Many other genres have been...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2016 8:04 pm UTC

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Who is the central hero Of Homer's Iliad?

In a story full of heroic characters it can be hard to identify the central hero. The other educator answer here makes a good case for Hector. He does seem to be the most heroic hero in the epic...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2019 3:04 pm UTC

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In "The Iliad," what misfortune did Andromache suffer from Achilles?  

Andromache is utterly crestfallen at news of her husband Hector's death. Even though she foretold his demise, it's still incredibly hard for her to handle. So she weeps and wails bitterly over her...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2019 1:40 pm UTC

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In Homer's Iliad, what is the narrator's point of view?

The narrator of Homer's Illiad speaks from a third-person omniscient point of view. Specifically, the narrator is the poet himself. Homer appears to know the gist of the historical events that he...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2019 11:28 pm UTC

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What was the significance of the prayer that Hector makes for Astyanax in the Iliad?

In book 6, Hector is about to leave for battle with the Greeks. He is saying goodbye to his wife and says the following prayer over his infant son, Astyanax: Then he took his darling child, kissed...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2019 12:57 pm UTC

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Coment on the relationship between Helen and Hector in Homer's Iliad.

I think that there is a very interesting dynamic between Hector and Helen. Both of them represent opposite ends of the source of action. Helen's presence in the drama is the result of Paris'...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2010 6:16 am UTC

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Explain the main differences between the two warriors Hector and Achilles in the Iliad. Consider their patriotism,...

Achilles and Hector are both the greatest warriors of their respective camps, the Greeks and the Trojans. When it comes to their personalities, they could not be more different. Achilles is quick...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2020 11:43 am UTC

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Explain in detail justice in Homer's (Iliad and The Odyssey) and Aeschylus's The Oresteia (Libation Bearers).  What...

Justice in Homer is of a fairly primitive variety, based on customs of retribution and recompense. Response to what is seen as injustice can result in a demand for immediate compensation, as in the...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2017 6:59 pm UTC

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What are two examples of the gods interfering with the war?

You could argue that before the story began, the Trojans had already received the help of Poseidon in building their wall, but thanks to their lack of tribute he had withdrawn his protection, so...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2010 8:30 pm UTC

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How does The Iliad fit the Hero Cycle?

Joseph Campbell was a student of mythology and folklore who condensed his understanding of such stories into a monomyth that he termed "the Hero's Journey." The steps of this journey are summarized...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2018 6:54 pm UTC

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