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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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Book 6 of Homer's Iliad contains some of the most tender moments in this epic poem. In the last third of the book, Hector meets with his wife Andromache, who pleads with Hector not to go out into...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2012, 4:28 am (UTC)

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The Iliad is Homer's fictionalized representation of the events of the Trojan War. Although the war between Troy and Greece had many causes, the single incident that has most often been...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2019, 5:10 am (UTC)

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What is so interesting about the presentation of the gods in this epic classic is that, instead of being divine and more wise than humans, the gods are shown in many ways to be more petty and more...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2013, 6:45 am (UTC)

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Book 9 of Homer's Iliad focuses on the embassy to Achilles. The great Greek hero has decided to take a break from the Trojan War because he is ticked off at having to give up a woman he got as...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2021, 6:43 pm (UTC)

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Hecuba (Hecabe in Greek) is the wife of Priam, king of Troy, and the mother of 19 of Priam's 50 sons. Among Hecabe's children are Hector, Paris/Alexander, and Cassandra. In Homer's Iliad, Hecuba...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2011, 11:45 pm (UTC)

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This is a tough question. It strikes at the essence of what Homer, and classical literature, in general, is all about. Homer's statement about the soul is that it can only find some level of...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2012, 1:40 am (UTC)

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Achilles is a central character in the Iliad and the Greek's greatest warrior. Significantly, he is the given the choice between living a long and peaceful life at home or achieving heroic fame as...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2019, 3:41 pm (UTC)

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The gods of the Homeric epics are anthropomorphic, which means, among other things, that they behave like human beings. Given this behavior, they also choose sides and play favorites like human...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2013, 6:55 pm (UTC)

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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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Homer’s Iliad features the great warrior Achilles. As a demi-god, his mother was a sea god and his father was a mortal. This gives Achilles great strength of body and character, though he is not...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2013, 6:34 pm (UTC)

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The question of when Homer's Iliad was composed is a difficult one. The story may have been passed down orally for several hundred years before it was finally written down. Also complicating the...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2012, 12:50 pm (UTC)

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This is a great question. I think the simplest way to answer the question to say that the movie, Troy, was godless. That is the chief difference. In Homer's Iliad, the gods are everywhere...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2011, 6:27 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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Odysseus is a prominent figure in the story about his journey home after the Trojan War, The Odyssey; however, he is merely a supporting character in the Iliad by Homer. When we do see him, he is...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2013, 3:55 am (UTC)

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In Book 9 of The Iliad, Achilles is still sulking in his tent, fuming over the disrespect shown to him by Agamemnon. Agamemnon had handed Achilles' sex slave back to her father to appease the wrath...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2019, 11:22 am (UTC)

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The flawed Achilles is most often identified as the hero of the Iliad. He is offered the choice of long life without glory or a short life with glory. He chooses the life of death and glory because...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2018, 3:04 pm (UTC)

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You will get many answers to this. There are many extraordinary passages in the work. For my bet, I think that the prayer Hector offers the gods in favor of his son is really powerful. It is at...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2010, 9:57 am (UTC)

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Greek religion, as seen in Homer's Iliad, is of a type known as "do ut des" ("I give that you might give"). Humans interact with the gods to attract divine benevolence and to ward off or propitiate...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2011, 12:24 pm (UTC)

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In this epic poem, the Achaeans are the people that we tend to think of as "the Greeks." These are the people who have come over from what is now Greece to fight in Asia Minor (what is now Turkey)...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2010, 10:15 pm (UTC)

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Apollo is able to help Hector kill Patroklos because Patroklos ends up not listening to the advice that Achilles gave him prior to his departure into battle. Still fuming over his perceived slight...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2013, 1:50 am (UTC)

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Achilles hasn't just killed Hector, breaker of horses, in battle. He's also defiled his dead body by dragging it several times around the walls of Troy. To add insult to injury, he refuses to hand...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2018, 10:17 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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Agamemnon's first, and most profound, problem he creates for himself, and it eventually leads to his death at the hands of his wife, Clytemnestra. When the Greek fleet was anchored at Aulis, his...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2013, 3:23 pm (UTC)

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The Iliad gives us a third person omniscient, or god's eye view, which is appropriate as the action that transpires outside the walls of Troy is all part of a divine plan. Everything that happens...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2019, 10:24 am (UTC)

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I think this is a matter of opinion, of course, but I also sympathize with Agamemnon. He is a great man, the commander of the army. However, he also doesn't get much credit. I guess I identify...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2013, 5:31 am (UTC)

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The events that set the war in the Iliad in motion start when the wife of Priam, the king of Troy, dreams that her unborn son Paris will cause the fall of Troy. Therefore, after the pregnant queen...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2021, 12:39 pm (UTC)

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Pegasus was a divine immortal winged horse. He was a child of Poseidon, the Olympian god of the sea, and the evil Gorgon Medusa, a winged female with snakes instead of hair who could turn people...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2020, 11:51 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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Book 1 of the Iliad begins with the poet's invocation of the Muse. This is a common storytelling device from Homeric times. Basically, Homer is asking the Muse to speak through him and tell the...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2020, 3:14 pm (UTC)

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While I cannot actually draw a mind map, I can give you a chronology of events that led up to the Trojan War. Much of this chronology is based on Greek myth and the ancient Greek belief that gods...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2020, 3:36 pm (UTC)

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This is hard question to answer, because this question can be answered by two perspectives. If we only consider human women, then we can say that they are not portrayed as strong at all. For...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2012, 8:29 am (UTC)

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The narrative of The Iliad deals only with a specific episode within the broader Trojan War because it is not necessarily a story of the war itself but of Achilles' rage. This is made clear in the...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2022, 4:06 pm (UTC)

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In the Iliad, Zeus is conspiring with Achilles and helping the Trojans, essentially trying to aid in the destruction of the Greeks. Early in the poem, Achilles prays to his mother, asking her to...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2019, 7:58 pm (UTC)

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There is a strange and fundamental imbalance between Achilles and Agamemnon that is introduced in the opening scenes of Book I. Agamemnon clearly holds some kind of supreme political power, as...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2018, 11:07 pm (UTC)

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The Iliad is almost always referred to as an "epic," or as epic literature or poetry. The word Epic in literary terms means a long work where the characters and events are larger-than-life, and the...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2013, 6:46 pm (UTC)

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Respect and disrespect are major themes in Homer's Iliad. The reason for Achilles' wrath is due to the disrespect shown to him by Agamemnon in Iliad I. When Agamemnon forces Achilles to hand over...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2013, 7:20 pm (UTC)

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Epithets in the Iliad and the Odyssey, unsurprisingly also known as Homeric epithets, one of Homer's methods to identify the multitude of gods and mortals in the poem, may have originated as a...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2019, 8:55 pm (UTC)

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In the Iliad, the characters are to follow a heroic code. This code is a system of honor. The heroic code includes a goal. The goal of Homeric heroes is to achieve honor. Honor is essential if one...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2013, 5:20 pm (UTC)

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At the end of Book VI in the Iliad, Hector's wife, Andromache, and their young son bid farewell to him on the eve of battle. It is a touching scene of domesticity, showing the kind of tender home...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2019, 12:54 am (UTC)

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It all starts when Agamemnon takes Chryseis as his own personal slave and concubine. She is a very beautiful woman; indeed, Agamemnon proclaims her even more beautiful than his wife, Clytemnestra....

Latest answer posted January 3, 2018, 8:44 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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I think it is a common mistake of students to take on subjects that are too big. Unless you are specifically required to write about Homer's Iliad as a whole, you ought to choose a single character...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2014, 8:00 pm (UTC)

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The goddess Thetis is the mother of Achilles. The main theme of Homer's Iliad is "the wrath of Achilles" who withdraws from fighting with the Achaeans against the Trojans due to feeling insulted...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2012, 8:51 pm (UTC)

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There are many conclusions that we can draw about Odysseus as a leader of the Greeks, but one characteristic stands out above the rest. We read about him in Homer's great poems, the Iliad and...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2015, 7:48 pm (UTC)

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In Homer's Iliad, Hector is the oldest son of the Trojan king, Priam, and his queen, Hecuba; husband to Andromache; brother to Deiphobus, Helenus, and Paris (who seduces Helen away from the...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2019, 12:43 am (UTC)

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There are several ways to search the Iliad to find a specific reference. Many print editions of the Iliad have indices in the back. To find episodes with both Ajax and Hector, look in the index for...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2011, 9:04 am (UTC)

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Menelaus, son of Atreus, is the brother of Agamemnon. He is also the husband of Helen and, therefore, when Paris/Alexander abducts her, Menelaus wants to recover his wife, so he enlists the aid of...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2011, 8:18 am (UTC)

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The portrait of Odysseus in the Iliad, and even more so in The Odyssey, represents an unusual type of hero. Many of the heroes in epics are distinguished by physical prowess. Odysseus resembles...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2019, 10:14 pm (UTC)

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Because an epic poem such as the Iliad was intended to be spoken aloud, many figures of speech are associated with the poem’s oral qualities. Two important functions of the extended similes that...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2020, 2:04 am (UTC)

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