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In common with most characters in Homer, Achilles doesn’t develop all that much over the course of the epic. The Achilles that we meet at the end of the poem is pretty much the same as the Achilles...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2020 7:19 am UTC

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In Homer’s epic, Achilles is a pivotal figure whose inability to control his temper has devastating consequences not only for him and his close friends, but for the Greek forces as a whole. His...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2020 5:23 am UTC

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In answering this question, it’s important to understand that the Greeks have been laying siege to Troy for ten long years. This would put a huge psychological strain on anyone, including trained...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2020 6:30 am 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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In my opinion, Agamemnon is quick to "freak out" about Calchas's prophecy because it offends his honor. In the Greek society of this time, a warrior's honor was more important to him than his...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2010 1:08 am UTC

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The influence of Homer's Iliad can be found in numerous works of art and literature. A Greek tragedy entitled Rhesus and ascribed to Euripides is based on Iliad 10. The Latin epic, Vergil's Aeneid,...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2011 12:06 am UTC

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This is an interesting question, but a difficult one, because of Achilles' character. He is so emotional, so driven by passions that it is hard to imagine him having a philosophy in the sense of a...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2007 2:58 am UTC

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Achilles refused to help the Greeks assault Troy because he was mad at Agamemnon. The gods sympathized with him, so they enabled Hector and the Trojans to push the Greeks back all the way to their...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2016 2:23 pm UTC

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Three elements of the modern world the Greeks and Trojans in the Iliad would find strange are the relative unimportance of warfare to our culture, our more fluid gender roles, and our relationship...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2020 11:40 pm UTC

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The first task is to establish the viewpoint of the Iliad. While there are different perspectives in the poem, with the dissident voice of Thersites at the beginning providing an interesting...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2020 5:58 am UTC

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The ideals deriving from the Homeric epics and subsequent Homeric-themed iconography affect modern identities mainly through pedagogy. For example, Derek Walcott's "Omeros" shoes how the Homeric...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2012 5:15 am UTC

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Another reason Achilles' death is left out of the Iliad is because the Iliad was not a "stand-alone" poem. In antiquity, there were several different poems that made up what has become known as the...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2011 10:36 pm UTC

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There are several approaches that can be taken with this. One of them is to discuss how the central fate of human beings who are committed to justice and nobility in action would be to do what...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2011 7:07 pm UTC

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I am also moved by the scene with he and Andromache, before he leaves to fight and as he puts on his battle gear, his son breaks into tears, terrified of the vision. Hector's prayer to Zeus is...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2009 8:07 am UTC

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This is a more complex problem than it might appear on the surface as the Iliad was originally an oral composition rather than a written text. The war between Greece and Troy described in the epic...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2016 11:02 pm UTC

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The background of The Iliad is that the Trojan named Paris kidnaps Helen of Greece and a war breaks out between Greece and Troy. Menelaus, Helen's husband seeks for his brother Agamemnon to help...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2013 4:42 pm UTC

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This I think is a good start. However, what you need to do in order to develop this thesis statement is to make it more relevant to Homer's original text. The only items you have mentioned in your...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2012 6:08 pm UTC

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There are many different answers to this question. If you are operating from a textbook or an instructor's directives, pay attention to these elements before anything else. Given the breadth and...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2010 6:32 pm UTC

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It can often seem as if everything is preordained in the Iliad, but there are many places where individuals exercise free will or can make their own choices. Achilles is a case in point. He is...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2020 7:38 pm UTC

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Homer’s Iliad begins with the kidnapping of Helen, the beautiful wife of Menelaus. The King of the Achaians happens to be Agamemnon, the brother of Menelaus. Loyalty to his brother forces Agamemnon...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2013 4:53 pm UTC

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Cassandra, the daughter of Priam and Hecuba, and the sister of Hector and Paris/Alexander, made a number of predictions before the Trojan War and during the course of the war. Therefore, answering...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2011 3:56 am UTC

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I'm not sure each book has one simple meaning. The purpose of all the books is really to focus on Achilles and Agamemnon's disagreements and how that plays a role in the entire war and the outcome...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2008 3:31 pm UTC

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The conflict between Achilles and Agamemnon is the driving force behind events in the Iliad. In the first book, the Achaeans have recently sacked a small city and taken, as prizes, two women,...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2018 7:58 pm UTC

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It depends on whether you think he's teaching things overtly, consciously, or if he's teaching Achilles through his death. The role he certainly plays is as a plot device. His life, as he dons...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2010 10:25 pm UTC

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Achilles is sulking in his tent like a grounded teenager, having been deprived of his sex-slave by Agamemnon. As king, Agamemnon was perfectly within his rights to do this. But his fateful decision...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2019 7:19 am UTC

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This is a hard one... I'm not sure that I see four reasons. Has your teacher said that there are four? Anyway... The most obvious reason for Achilles to refuse to fight is that Agamemnon took...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2009 2:02 am UTC

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First, the Iliad is a poem about the Trojan War. In this poem, Menelaus and the Greeks have declared war on Troy with the avowed purpose of obtaining back Helen, wife of Menelaus, who had been...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2016 12:19 am UTC

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This depends on what your notion of "civilization" is. If you mean "civilization" as something like "nation" or "nationality," then the poem celebrates the Trojan War and the values that caused it,...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2020 12:49 pm UTC

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In Book II, Agamemnon is sent a false dream by Zeus where he is encouraged by Nestor to gather all his men together and launch an attack on the city walls. What happens, however, is that after...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2013 5:40 am UTC

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According to Joseph Campbell, myths serve four functions: evoking awe, presenting a mythos, reinforcing a sociological order, and teaching how to find fulfillment and happiness. One can find...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2015 3:39 pm UTC

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The tenth book of Homer's Iliad describes a scene that seems quite unusual, given the fact that most military activity in the Greek world occurred during the daytime. In Iliad 7, the combat between...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2011 7:19 am UTC

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The ancient Greeks used important and specific words to encompass huge, overarching, and vital themes in their literary and moral worlds. These are the most important themes of the Iliad: Kleos:...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018 6:23 pm UTC

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In Iliad 3, we have a duel between Menelaus and Paris/Alexander. The winner of the duel will determine who gets "Helen and all her treasure." After the duel, the two armies will make a peace treaty...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2011 2:33 am UTC

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In Book 3, there is a duel between Alexandros (also known as Paris) and Menelaos. The duel happens in an area in the open space between the armies of the Trojans and the Achaians. At the beginning...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2011 10:49 pm UTC

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In Book XX, there is an unduly long episode recounting a confrontation between Achilles, who has rejoined the fight after the death of his companion Patroclus, and Aeneas, a prince of Troy but from...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018 6:23 pm UTC

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According to the saying, Helen was the "face that launched a thousand ships." Not all of those thousand ships, however, were supplied by one chieftain or ruler. In fact, Homer spends almost 300...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2012 11:39 am UTC

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There are two distinct military strategies that the Achaeans employ to reduce their losses at the hands of the Trojans. The first would be the fortification of their camp by building a wall around...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2015 8:52 am UTC

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Achilles love of battle and glory make him the epitome of the heroic code. He makes the most of his life now, would rather fight and die an early death, than retreat to live longer. Achilles does...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2007 8:19 am UTC

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Many different gods play a role in Homer's Iliad. Although some of the older Greek gods or "Titans" and minor deities make appearances, the major roles in the epic are played by the Olympian...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2016 5:54 pm UTC

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Poor Helen of Troy... minding her own business... looking hot.Helen was the subject of some serious male chest-beating and interference in her life from some very jealous goddesses.But let's...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2008 7:06 am UTC

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This is a great question. It is probably best to speak of honor instead of respect, as honor covers our modern understanding of respect and more importantly the Greek cared about honor immensely....

Latest answer posted September 3, 2012 4:37 pm UTC

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In "The Iliad," usually attributed to Homer, Achilles is a great hero among the Achaeans. At the beginning of the epic, he refuses to help the Achaeans fight agains Troy because he is angry at the...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2009 8:51 am UTC

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Homer's Iliad helps to define tragedy as the collision between separate courses of action that are equally desirable, but ultimately incompatible. This can be seen best in Hector. The Prince of...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2010 11:27 am UTC

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In the Iliad, book 6, lines 11–13 and 16–18, Homer uses the poetic technique of alliteration with a little onomatopoeia. In the beginning of book 6, the gods have left the Greek and Trojan troops...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2020 3:20 am UTC

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In my opinion, we learn two things about Agamemnon in this opening scene. We learn that he is not very pious and we learn that he is very stubborn. The first thing we see is that he is not as...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2010 1:01 am UTC

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Hector is a main hero of the Trojans, who shows great courage in battle. Part of Hector's heroism lies in leaving his wife Andromache and young son to go to battle in book 6 of the Iliad, despite...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2020 5:05 am UTC

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Lombardo's 1990s translation of the Iliad interprets the work into colloquial English. For a modern reader, the fresh, direct imagery can help make the epic more understandable and relatable. For...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2016 8:40 pm UTC

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Book 21 is one of my favorite books in Homer's Iliad, because Zeus allows the gods and goddesses to go down to the battlefield and help their favorite heroes. As for battle tactics, as one might...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2011 10:41 am UTC

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In my mind, the short answer is that Hera really lacks any solid justification behind her disdain for the Trojans. I see her as part of Homer's thematic purpose, and what I consider to be one of...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2010 9:35 pm UTC

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After Agamemnon wakes up from his dream, he tests the fighting spirit of his men by telling them that the time has come to give up the struggle and go home. Instead of standing their ground like...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2020 6:51 am UTC

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