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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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The Iliad can be understood on one level as an extended meditation on war. The moral message is that the courage to fight is what gives a man's life worth, but that war itself is a tragic...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2021, 1:12 pm (UTC)

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Achilles's particularly egregious treatment of the corpse of his enemy, the Trojan Hector, all stems from the fact that he is desperate to avenge the death of Patroclus, whom he loved so much. In...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2021, 11:33 am (UTC)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The quarrel between Agamemnon and Achilles is absolutely crucial to the action of book 1 of the Iliad and provides a catalyst for much of the action to follow. Proud Achilles, the finest of the...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2020, 8:32 am (UTC)

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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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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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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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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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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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The Iliad is an Ancient Greek epic poem written by the Ancient Greek poet Homer. The epic tells the story of the so-called Trojan War, which was supposedly fought between the Mycenaean Greeks and...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2020, 12:08 pm (UTC)

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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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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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Although she has a small role in Homer's epic poem The Iliad, Helen has a profound impact on the action of the plot. She is, after all, the primary cause of the Trojan War, during which the poem is...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2020, 10:25 pm (UTC)

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Hera in Homer's Iliad is the Queen of the gods, and the wife of her brother Zeus who is the King of the Gods. She is the goddess of marriage and childbirth, and thus opposes the Trojans because,...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2016, 1:10 am (UTC)

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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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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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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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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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Paris is one of the most conflicted and complex characters in Homer's Iliad. He is directly responsible for the Trojan War, in his theft of Helen from King Menelaus, along with several treasures,...

Latest answer posted January 1, 2012, 9:55 am (UTC)

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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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In Homer's Iliad, Patroclus is the best friend of Achilles, who is the mightiest of the Greek warriors at Troy. In Iliad 1, Achilles becomes angry at Agamemnon for taking away his female war prize,...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2011, 12:41 am (UTC)

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At the beginning of the story, Achilles refuses to participate in the Trojan War because Agamemnon forcibly takes Achilles's slave and concubine Briseis after being forced to release his own slave,...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2021, 12:01 pm (UTC)

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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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Achilles's shield depicts all the modes of life. Love, death, war, peace, farming and festivals, sieges and battles—everything is represented on the shield, which Achilles both uses to protect...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2018, 3:14 pm (UTC)

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The action of the Iliad leads to the high point, or climax, of the poem in which Achilles kills Hector. This is such a fraught moment because it is a clash between each side's greatest warriors,...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2021, 1:41 pm (UTC)

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Patroclus is a very close friend to Achilles. Their relationship plays a critical role in shaping how The Iliad plays out. In the beginning of this epic poem, Achilles falls into a dispute with...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2019, 2:05 am (UTC)

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In the Iliad, Patroclus is Achilles's best friend. Enraged by the Trojan assault on the Greeks, which has almost reached their camp, Patroclus convinces Achilles to let him wear his armor and lead...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2021, 12:30 pm (UTC)

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To compare the Iliad and the Odyssey is to see immediately that the former poem presents one very difficult problem for the poet. The Odyssey has inbuilt variety. Odysseus is constantly traveling...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2019, 7:14 am (UTC)

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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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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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An epic is an exceptionally long poem that depicts a tale of epic proportions—usually about a famous or legendary hero's adventures and journeys. Epic conventions are the characteristics that the...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2018, 7:55 pm (UTC)

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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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In certain respects, it can be awkward trying to justify Achilles's behavior, given that, by modern sensibilities, the actions taken by the Greeks would be classified as atrocities. Remember, as...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2020, 11:00 pm (UTC)

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