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The gods are everywhere in Homer's Iliad and even the background of the Iliad is filled with the gods. The last point is important to underline, because the work begins in res media. Let me give...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2012 4:18 am UTC

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In order to answer the first part of your question, it is important to stress that the Trojan War took place in the Bronze Age, which means that no true, verifiable historical accounts exist....

Latest answer posted June 27, 2020 9:53 am UTC

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Achilles and Agamemnon have an explosive falling out over Briseis. The two had taken as war booty the beautiful Chryseis and Briseis. Agamemnon took Chyrseis as his possession and Achilles the...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2020 5:46 pm UTC

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The 2004 film Troy was an adaptation of Homer's Iliad, covering the beginning of the Trojan War, the battles between Greece and Troy, and the internal and external fighting that plagued both...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2012 11:32 am UTC

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You can find the answer to this in book 9, when the Achaeans have been routed by the Trojans and beaten back to their ships (which the Trojans plan to set fire to, trapping the Achaeans on the...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2019 8:46 am UTC

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In book three of the Iliad by Homer, the Achaians and the Trojans are preparing for battle, and an argument breaks out between the brothers, Hector and Paris. Paris calls out for a brave man to...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2013 6:03 am UTC

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In Book 1 of Homer's Iliad, the quarrel between Agamemnon and Achilles revolves around the concept of honor. Both Agamemnon and Achilles believe that, as active participants in the war, they are...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2011 9:58 am UTC

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In both Homer and Auden, there is a clear statement regarding societal views towards war and the human predicament. In each work, there is a clear statement about the contemporary culture that...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2014 7:56 pm UTC

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The Trojans tend to be portrayed quite favorably by Homer, even to such a degree that many Greek and Roman literary critics speculated that Homer himself may have been Trojan. They are shown as a...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2020 10:45 pm UTC

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In The Iliad the rage of Achilles takes place over a considerable length of time. This means that, although Achilles is absent from the early action on the battlefield while he sulks in his tent,...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2019 3:53 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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I think that it's tough to not consider Homer's work an example of the epic genre. It meets so many of the established criteria for what makes an epic. The epic hero is evident in the work. One...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2013 7:53 pm UTC

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Deiphobus is a Trojan warrior who is one of the many sons of Priam. In Iliad 22, Homer describes him as a "tireless speaker" (Kline translation). Deiphobus' most significant appearance in Homer's...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2011 9:19 am UTC

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In the movie, Briseis (Achilles's female captive) is related to Hector, which is not part of the epic. Briseis is taken away from Achilles very early on in the epic, but not until relatively later...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2019 6:02 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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The death of Hector strikes modern audiences as essentially the climax of Homer's Iliad, even though it takes places two books before the end of the epic. Additionally, the poet has been preparing...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2011 4:44 am UTC

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The underlying themes of the Iliad are established through war and violence. They become the backdrop through which the themes are displayed. For example, the theme of honor is displayed through...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2014 12:03 pm UTC

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I think that the most dominant characteristic both share is that they are both skilled warriors. Homer depicts both of them as amazingly talented fighters and great leaders of men. Achilles...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2010 7:33 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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The question goes to the essence of the relationship of the gods to the everyday life of the Greeks. All natural phenomena, all weather, coincidences, human affairs, love, death, etc.—all of...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2013 7:10 pm 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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The differences between the two “worlds” are easier to list than the similarities: different genres, different centuries, different religions, different governmental systems, different...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2013 3:26 pm UTC

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In the first book of Homer's Iliad, we encounter a dispute over a war prize between Agamemnon and Achilles, culminating in Achilles withdrawing from the fight between the Greeks and Trojans, mainly...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2016 12:46 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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Of course, “admirable behavior” is open to interpretation, but as in any epic, the bravery and strength of the characters, especially the heroes, is admirable all by itself. Having said that,...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2013 8:07 pm UTC

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In the early books of the Iliad, Achilles refuses to fight because he is angry that Agamemnon, the Greek leader, has taken the lovely Briseis as his own, since she was promised to Achilles and is...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2021 12:07 pm UTC

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As you probably know, the gods are ubiquitous in Homer's Iliad. Moreover, they are constantly interfering in the affairs of people and fighting each other even. In fact, there is so much that the...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2012 10:59 am 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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According to the Iliad, the Trojan War was initiated by the abduction of Helen, the queen of Sparta, by Paris, a Trojan prince. Paris and Helen's entanglement began when Paris was called upon by...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2021 12:05 pm UTC

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This is a good thesis, but there are a few weaknesses that you need to consider. First, you should ask whether anyone would disagree with you? I think the answer is no one. Everyone already knows...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2009 9:30 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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I think that I notice the dualistic conception of intense anger and striving for arete. Homer's characterization of Achilles allows the reader to see someone capable of the highest of glory along...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2009 8:57 am UTC

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In general, the gods in this story are depicted like regular people, only immortal and with superhuman powers. They have all the sorts of emotions (especially negative ones) that we associate with...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2010 1:13 am UTC

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From the outset of the narrative, Agamemnon is shown to be a ruler who demands respect. He is one that examines everything through the lens of respect. War is fought as an exercise to reflect...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2010 10:46 pm UTC

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Athena’s role in Homer’s Iliad actually starts before the text itself. She is one of the three goddesses who wish to be awarded the apple Eris throws to provoke disent among the wedding guests....

Latest answer posted February 26, 2012 9:20 am UTC

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The story of what happens to Achilles' armor after his death is not actually told in the Iliad but appears in a lost epic called the "Little Iliad". Sophocles's Ajax is based on the dispute between...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2016 7:11 am UTC

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In book 1 of the Iliad, Agamemnon comes off as a proud, antagonistic man. The central conflict of this section is between Agamemnon and Achilles as they fight over the possession of Briseis, a...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2020 11:49 am UTC

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The Iliad is one of the most widely-studied books in the world, and several categories of knowledge can be gained from it. First and most obviously, one learns about the story of the Trojan war,...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2020 3:20 am UTC

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Agamemnon, King of Mycenae and commander-in-chief of the Argive forces, is very similar to his greatest warrior, Achilles. Stubborn, arrogant, and full of pride, he never hesitates to let those...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2020 6:16 am UTC

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I tend to think that the presence of kinship ties in both works don't refocus conflict. If anything, the presence of kinship ties make conflict worse. Hamlet's bonds of kinship intensify his...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2012 3:49 pm UTC

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Agamemnon rebukes Diomedes' because of Diomedes' shy nature and timidity in the face of battle: "...why are you so shy? So wary of the passages of war?" (lines 447-448, book IV, page 94...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2008 11:09 pm UTC

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The influence of the gods in Homer"s Iliad is pervasive. The cause of the war, in fact, originates in the action of the goddess Eris, or Strife, who throws the apple into the wedding feast,...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2012 5:18 pm UTC

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Homer certainly has dual feelings about war. On the one hand, Homer's opinion about war conforms with the traditional opinion of war held by the Ancient Greeks, an opinion that really was not...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2014 7:27 am 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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The Iliad is a religious text, though not in the way we might understand that term today. The text is permeated with the supernatural and communicates forcefully that the gods—or perhaps even some...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2021 12:07 pm UTC

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From one perspective, the answer is very easy. Achilles is responsible for the death of Hector, because he killed him. If we probe a little deeper, we can say a few more things. 1. Achilles...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2009 10:52 am UTC

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"Heroes never make mistakes" is not a theme of the Iliad. The poem, in fact, takes pains to show that heroes are human beings who make grievous errors. Perhaps the most famous example is Achilles,...

Latest answer posted June 4, 2019 1:11 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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No one else, of course, can know your opinions after reading the Iliad but it is possible to offer some guidance in determining what to write. I would do the following. Since there is so much going...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2020 12:17 pm UTC

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