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For an answer to this question, please check out the following link: http://www.enotes.com/iliad/q-and-a/describe-achilles-character-three-words-161441

Latest answer posted July 30, 2011 6:37 pm UTC

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Fate is a word whose etymological meaning is "that which has been spoken." For the ancient Greeks, a person's fate was something decreed by three goddesses known as the Fates (Moirai in Greek)....

Latest answer posted November 23, 2011 2:15 am UTC

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Hector's position as a warrior is closely linked to his role as husband and father. In the event of a Trojan defeat, Hector knows all too well what will happen. The city of Troy will be completely...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2020 10:40 am UTC

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While it is difficult to identify “message” in classic literature, it can be said that the manner in which Homer tells this historical saga demonstrates to some degree his attitude toward the...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2013 3:45 pm 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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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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If we examine the Iliad, there are a few key figures. Achilles is the main figure. If we sketch his character, we can say that military prowess, pride, and wrath characterize him. When Agamemnon...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2015 10:20 pm UTC

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In the seventh book of Homer's Iliad, the Trojan Helenus proposes that Hector fight a single combat with one of the Greeks to determine the outcome of the war. Initially, all of the Greeks are too...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2011 12:03 am 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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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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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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An epic is a poem or story which shows the adventures and deeds of heroes. It often also shows how the hero's actions affected the world at large, how the world became as it was from the hero's...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2010 3:20 am UTC

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In the world of the Iliad, to be a man who lives with honor means to fight in wars. The greatest heroes, such as Achilles and Odysseus, are those who fight bravely and exhibit extraordinary...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2021 1:28 pm UTC

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In Book VI, Hector rebukes Paris because of his younger brother's selfishness. Hector enters Paris's home, described by the poet Homer as "fine" and "built by the best workmen in the fertile land...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2015 10:10 am UTC

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While I wouldn't say that violence is exactly glorified (it is considered necessary, however), I would say that Homer's worldview was sufficiently different from ours to make his depiction of...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2010 4:01 am UTC

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Fate is a very powerful force in Homer's Iliad. As in all Greek epics, the role of the gods is paramount in the Iliad, and it is difficult to separate their will from the idea of fate more...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2018 4:59 pm 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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In the Iliad, Homer focuses on both the events on the battlefield of the Trojan War and the quarrels and scheming of the gods atop Mt. Olympus. The poem's central narrative revolves around the feud...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2021 5:11 pm UTC

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I believe Hector does, in fact, achieve arete. I have a more difficult time believing that Achilles does.Hector was everything a Greek hero should be. He was loyal to his family and country,...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2008 6:15 am UTC

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Menelaus is portrayed as the "average" type man. He is not as greedy as his brother Agamemnon. In Homer's Iliad, Menelaus is just ordinary. He does not have his brother's ability to inspire others...

Latest answer posted January 1, 2012 4:51 am UTC

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Examples of heroism don't exactly leap out of the page in Book 1 of The Iliad. Most of the characters seem to spend an inordinate amount of time squabbling among themselves over relatively trivial...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2019 8:51 am UTC

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The main divinities that aided the Greeks were Hera and Athena. This goes back to the tradition of the Judgment of Paris, in which the Trojan Paris chose Aphrodite as the most beautiful of the...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2011 12:22 am UTC

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Achilles refuses to participate in the Trojan War because King Agamemnon insisted that he was the one who needed to own Achilles's slave and concubine Briseis, as he was forced to release his own...

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

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Readers of the Iliad sometimes find Achilles an unattractive character: arrogant and selfish, obsessed with his personal honor but indifferent to the lives of his comrades. The attitude of Homer,...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2020 8:17 am UTC

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The Trojan and Achaean societies can't really be said to have "chosen war over family" any more than a doctor or teacher can be said to have chosen medicine or teaching over family. In antiquity,...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2011 11:54 am UTC

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I think that there is a complex view of immortality offered in the Iliad. There are aspects of characterizations where the pursuit of immortality is evident. Achilles recognizes that there is a...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2014 11:14 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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There is a very good summary here at enotes (the third link below.) The line of the story goes like this: Helen, the most beautiful woman in the world, is the wife of King Menelaus of Sparta....

Latest answer posted January 18, 2009 9:22 am UTC

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Achilles's treatment of Hector after he succeeds in killing him is especially inglorious because Achilles believes, along with the other Greeks, that Hector has wounded them more than anyone else...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2021 11:26 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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Iliad 7 opens with Paris/Alexander returning to the battle alongside Hector. In Iliad 3, the duel between Menelaus and Paris had been unable to bring an end to the war, so in Iliad 7 another...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2011 5:02 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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Both Oedipus and Achilles live by the universal code of human assertiveness and free will, even though each of these characters is foretold of a horrible fate that lies in store for him. Achilles,...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2019 12:16 pm UTC

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Agamemnon was forced to return his war prize, Chryseis, to her father because of an oracle delivered through the seer Calchas. This made Agamemnon irate as he felt overpowered, manipulated and...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2009 4:15 am UTC

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In some respects, Homer's Iliad is a long meditation on why one fights. The epic describes gods and men at war with each other, each one perhaps having a different motive for doing battle with the...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2019 5:04 pm UTC

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Considering how so much of what is known about Achilles is relayed through Homer’s epic poem the Iliad, this poem might be a good ancient source to use in an argument about whether Achilles is good...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2021 5:52 pm UTC

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Composed nearly 3000 years ago, Homer's Iliad is a foundational work in the Western literary tradition. The form of classical Greek Homer used to write the epic poem defined the culture of drama,...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2021 4:51 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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Chryseis was daughter to Chryses, himself a priest to Apollo. When Iliad opens, Chryses goes before the Greeks, in the interest of ransoming his daughter, who had been taken as a captive by...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2019 8:41 pm UTC

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Agamemnon has a hot temper and and a prideful streak. His arrogance toward the people around him angered the gods. He also angered them directly by saying things that were disrespectful to the...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2007 7:54 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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This is a great question. There are two very important points that we can learn about Homer's society through these words. First, we can see that there is a responsibility of leaders of communities...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2012 5:38 am UTC

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The basic story is as follows. 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...

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

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In the Iliad, Homer explores numerous qualities that make a good leader and suggests that very few people can embody all those qualities. Honor is one of the key qualities, and the truly honorable...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2020 2:14 am UTC

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Book II contains many typical aspects of Homer's epic style. Firstly, this book features conflict between the gods, as they take various sides in the human conflict that is enacted on the fields of...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2013 6:04 am UTC

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The Greek poet Homer wrote The Iliad. An epic poet, Homer wrote The Odyssey as well. These epics tell the story of the Trojan War and Odysseus' journey home after the war, respectively. Although...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2009 7:57 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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The courage shown by Hector and Andromache lies in their refusal to abdicate their duty. Both characters are shown to be victims of the duty that is placed upon them by the gods or by society....

Latest answer posted August 15, 2012 12:44 pm UTC

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The two cities portrayed in this famous section of The Iliad are the city of peace and the city of war. The city of peace is holding festivals and weddings, signs of a strong community. The...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2015 3:01 am UTC

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Achilles wasn't scared to die. He even makes the choice to die in war. Achilles' mother tells him that he has a choice: he may not fight in the Trojan war, marry and have children, and be loved by...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2010 8:54 pm UTC

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