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  • Iliad - 2319 Words
    Book 1: The Rage of Achilles Book 2: The Great Gathering of Armies Book 3: Helen Reviews the Champions Book 4: The Truce Erupts in War Book 5: Diomodes Fights the Gods Book 6: Hector Returns to Troy Book 7: Ajax Duels in Hector Book 8: The Tide of Battle Turns Book 9: The Embassy to Achilles Book 10: Marauding Through the Night Book 11: Agamemnon's Day of Glory Book 12: The Trojans Storm the Rampart Book 13: Battling for the Ships Book 14: Hera Outflanks Zeus Book 15:...
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  • The Iliad - 585 Words
    9/11/12 The Iliad “Sing, goddess, the anger of Peleus son Achilles and it’s devastation which put pains thousandfold upon the Achains, hurled in their multitudes to the house of Hades strong souls of heroes, but gave their bodies to be in the delicate feasting of dogs, of all birds, and the will of Zeus was accomplished since that time when first there stood in division of conflict Atreus’ son the lord of men and brilliant Achilles.” The easiest way to remember text is to set it...
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  • The Iliad - 654 Words
     It is a known fact that women in ancient Greece were not exactly recognized in having any important role to play. Officially, they did not have any power or say in any of the events that have occurred in history, their lives revolved around what men did. In the book, The Iliad, by homer, it is interesting to see how women were portrayed and how their actions impacted future outcomes. Even though they were not officially recognized as an important part of society, their existence and even...
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  • Iliad - 399 Words
    Achaeans The Achaeans (Ἀχαιοί) — aka the Hellenes (Greeks), Danaans (Δαναοί), and Argives (Ἀργεĩοι). Agamemnon — King of Mycenae, leader of the Greeks. Achilles — Leader of the Myrmidons, half-divine war hero. Odysseus — King of Ithaca, the wiliest Greek commander and hero of the Odyssey. Ajax the Greater — son of Telamon, with Diomedes, he is second to Achilles in martial prowess. Menelaus — King of Sparta, husband of Helen and brother of Agamemnon. Diomedes — son of Tydeus, King of...
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  • Iliad - 2078 Words
    The Iliad (sometimes referred to as the Song of Ilion or Song of Ilium) is an epic poem in dactylic hexameters, traditionally attributed to Homer. Set during the Trojan War, the ten-year siege of the city of Troy (Ilium) by a coalition of Greek states, it tells of the battles and events during the weeks of a quarrel between King Agamemnon and the warrior Achilles. Although the story covers only a few weeks in the final year of the war, the Iliad mentions or alludes to many of the Greek legends...
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  • Iliad - 1507 Words
    ILIADGuangying Tang 2013/7/25 Prof. Jason EdwardCLAS 170 | The Iliad is an ancient Greek epic poem in dactylic hexameter, traditionally attributed to Homer. Set during the Trojan War, the ten-year siege of the city of Troy by a coalition of Greek states. Although the story covers only a few weeks in the final year of the war, the Iliad mentions or alludes to many of the Greek legends about the siege, and it describes many distinctive characters, include Achilles, known as the...
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  • The Iliad - 1240 Words
    Throughout The Iliad, the heroic characters make decisions based on a definite set of principles, which are referred to as the "code of honor." The heroic code that Homer presents to the reader is an underlying cause for many of the events that take place, but many of the characters have different perceptions of how highly the code should be regarded. Hektor, the greatest of the Trojan warriors, begins the poem as the model of a Homeric hero. His dedication and strict belief in the code...
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  • Iliad - 276 Words
    2. Why do you think the bard chose to focus on the quarrel between Achilles and Agamemnon, rather than on a more obvious highlight of the Trojan War legend (i.e., the Sack of Troy)? - In my perspective, Homer chose to focus on the quarrel between Achilles and Agamemnon, rather than on a more obvious highlights of the Trojan War legend because it is due to their argument that eventually led to the Trojan War. If it hadn't been for the insults and the things, that Agamemnon did to Achilles, maybe...
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  • The Iliad - 560 Words
    In his role as storyteller and counselor to the Achaean forces, Nestor often provides motivation for The Iliad’s plot. He convinces the Achaean army to build fortifications around its ships—fortifications that serve as a locus for much of the future confrontation between the two armies. He proposes the spy mission on which Odysseus and Diomedes kill Dolon and a number of Thracian soldiers. Furthermore, it is Nestor who convinces Agamemnon to send an embassy to Achilles, begging him to return to...
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  • The Iliad - 873 Words
    The Iliad Socratic Seminar Is Divine Intervention beneficial to the characters in the Iliad? Destiny is defined as fate. One cannot escape destiny. Divine intervention on the other hand is much different. One can at least beg for mercy or help. Divine intervention is a term for a miracle caused by a god's active involvement in the human world. Is Divine Intervention beneficial to the characters in the Iliad? From reading the Iliad, I believe that divine intervention is beneficial only to...
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  • The Iliad - 1077 Words
    The Iliad is the quintessential epic. It is full with gods, goddesses, heroes, war, honor, glory, and the like. However, for just short while near the very conclusion Homer avoids all of those epic qualities. The banquet scene in Book XXIV is the most touching, the most "human" scene in the entire poem . In the midst of the dreadful gulf of war and anger there occurs an intimate moment between two men who ironically have much in common below the surface. Priam, old and fragile, makes his...
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  • The Iliad - 1244 Words
    Alan Zhou The Iliad – First paper prompt In the Iliad, Homer portrays Hector as an honorable Trojan warrior, who is admired by both the Trojans and the Greeks, prompting the audience to question the necessity of the war. Hector openly opposes Paris’s actions and tries to lead by example with his loving relationship with Andromache. Hector is also often compared to Greek heroes, showing that he is not only respected by the Trojans, but also by the Greeks. Both of these timocratic...
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  • The Iliad - 949 Words
    The Iliad Greek Mythology is dominated by numerous heroes, all with unique super-human qualities. The purpose of every story is to demonstrate each character’s remarkable “gift.” Some of the qualities represented by these colorful characters include caution, confidence, kindness, strength, and courage. Combining Odysseus’ wisdom, Achilles’ intimidation factor, and Hector’s bravery, would result in the ultimate warrior who would surpass the best of Homer’s creations. Among Homer’s enviable...
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  • iliad - 1071 Words
    “The Iliad” Q&A: 1. What is your impression of Achilles? I feel as if Achilles is very loyal to all the people associated in his life, especially his best friend Patroclus. Achilles’ loyalty to his best friend shows how much he actually cared about him once he was deceased due to his great sorrow in his weeping. Achilles also stated “if destiny like his awaits me, I shall rest when I have fallen” meaning he doesn’t care about whatever happens to him in the battle with Hector, but just as long...
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  • The Iliad - 713 Words
    Acquisitiveness of the Trojan War In almost all instances of war the cause has been related to greed, or the gaining of land and possessions. Greed is presented in the very first book of Homer’s “The Iliad.” It isn’t displayed by the cowards, but the “heroes” of the war such as Agamemnon, Achilles, and Pandarus. The entire cause of the Trojan War is the result of the greedy and cowardly behavior of Paris. There are many factors that had sparked the war, including the interference of the...
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  • iliad - 714 Words
    Nestor The Iliad, nine years after the start of the Trojan War and still the Achaian army is still outside the gates of Troy, and their best warrior Achilles has just quit. In simple terms it’s a mess and Nestor, the cleaner of messes, is an integral character throughout The Iliad Nestor, the aged king of Pylos, is a wise counselor of the Achaians who often uses stories from the past to advise and instruct the Greek warriors. Nestor’s stories give us an insight as to what social and cultural...
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  • Iliad - 942 Words
    One thing that stood out to me as I was reading The Iliad is how Chryses offered so many gifts as ransom in order to get his daughter back, but no matter what he offered or how much he begged, Agamemnon refused. He kept telling Chryses that he would not give her back. On page 78, Agamemnon states, “The girl- I won’t give up the girl.” One line that I thought was very powerful was when Agamemnon says to Chryses, “Now go, don’t tempt my wrath- and you may depart alive.” After hearing this,...
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  • The Iliad - 984 Words
     The Iliad The Iliad is an epic poem about the war between the Trojans and the Greeks. The poem admires the obligation that binds families together as noble, but it also respects the...
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  • The God in the Iliad - 1344 Words
    The Gods Role in The Iliad The gods in The Iliad are very greedy, self-centered, vain, malicious, and two-faced. Homer does a very good job of showing us this throughout the entire epic poem, and he does it in such a way so that anyone who reads this can understand. All of the gods that get involved in this war have their own self-serving motives behind all of their interference. Right in the very beginning of the epic poem, one of Apollo's priests prays to him to send a plague onto the...
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  • Paris: the Iliad - 602 Words
    Paris: Magnificent Hero or Spoiled Child? Homer uses tone, imagery, epithets, and similes to describe Paris' character. Outwardly, Paris is a brave person, but inwardly, he is full of doubts and fears. He is like a stallion that has been pampered too much, a child who is allowed to get everything he wants. Because of his attitude, he starts the Trojan War and brings on the fall of Troy. Paris is portrayed in this passage as being a walking contradiction. He appears to be a...
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  • Iliad and Hector - 740 Words
    In the Iliad, both Hector and Achilles display heroic characteristics that go along with the heroic warrior code of Greece. Both characters have their strengths and weaknesses and differences in their approach to being heroic. Even with their differences, they have many similarities. Hector is a great leader and family man and a protector of his people. Achilles is a self-centered warrior who is only in it for the glory. Hector commands the Trojan army, while Achilles commands the Greek army....
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  • Outline of Iliad - 11132 Words
    dOUTLINE OF THE ILIAD Book 1 1-7: Homer calls upon the goddess of poetry and inspiration (the MUSE) to sing of Achilleus' anger. 8-52: Chryses, priest of Apollo , comes to the Greek camp to ransom his daughter, Chryseis , held captive by Agamemnon . He is insulted and sent away, and Apollo sends a plague on the Greeks. 53-305: Inspired by the goddess, Hera , Achilleus calls an assembly to deal with the plague, and the prophet, Kalchas , reveals that Apollo was angered by Agamemnon's...
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  • Seao - the Iliad - 1056 Words
    The Iliad SEAO I. Homer and Robert Fagles. The Iliad. New York, N.Y.: Penguin, 1990. Print. A. The title relates to the story literally, because the word “Iliad” means “poem about ilium”, and ilium is an alternate name for Troy which is where the Iliad took place. II. POV A. The story is told in 3rd person omniscient because he has access to every character’s mind and he frequently gives insight into the thoughts and feelings of even minor characters, gods and mortals alike. The narrator...
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  • The Iliad and Today - 961 Words
    The characters portrayed in the Iliad are culturally similar to the people living in the United States today, but they are also different from us in several ways. The people that lived during the time of Homer had different ideas on many issues. The way they viewed things were somewhat different to how we view things today. This is to be expected because throughout history many events reshaped their views and beliefs. Events such as disasters, plagues, and wars occurred which brought about...
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  • Pride in the Iliad - 565 Words
    The period in which the events in The Iliad took place were different than the times of today. Back then, the most important aspect of life for a person was to be a hero and to be remembered. One's pride would come before everything else. In the present day, this concept would be thought of as illogical or foolish. This is certainly true. But, that is how life was in that time- peoples' beliefs were to be the death of them. Pride was the downfall of all characters in...
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  • Iliad summary - 2218 Words
    Book 1: The Anger of Achilles Main Characters: Achilles, Agamemnon, Briseis, Chryseis, Apollo, Thetis, Zeus, Hera, Hephaestus Themes: Gods intervention/free will Importance of mortal women Goddesses as wives/mothers Plot: Chryseis and Briseis were slaves of the Trojans which the Greeks won in battle. They were given to Agamemnon and Achilles. Chryseis' father, Chryses goes to the Achaean camp to beg for his daughter back. When Agamemnon refuses, Chryses prays to Apollo brings a...
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  • Achilles in the Iliad - 2507 Words
    Emily Johnson Prof. Foley 12/8/14 Term Paper The Myth of Achilles The myth of Achilles, the great Greek warrior of the Trojan War, is focused on his awesome power and destructive capabilities. The opening line of The Iliad begs, “Sing, goddess, the anger of Peleus’ son Achilles and its devastation” as if his exploits needed an introduction (Homer 1.1-2). However, there lies a deeper story within the epic poem, which I found to be more impactful than any account of Achilles’ talent....
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  • Iliad and Achilles - 1239 Words
    Beowulf Glory and fame is important in a heroes mind. It’s more important than anything else in their life and territory. Respect and knowledge gained from their own people meant the world to them, and more important their identity as a warrior. Heroes do not have to persuade their story to their people and how they did it, the outcome of their war and victory would tell the story of how great and brilliant they were for it self. This explains the life of both Achilles and Beowulf. Both...
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  • Troy and the Iliad - 508 Words
     The movie Troy and the epic poem, the Iliad, reveal distinct differences and similarities in several scenes such as when Achilles learns of his fate but still decides to go to war; which is a similarity, and two other scenes which are differences that concern the length of the war and the other is the role of the gods in the story. In both the movie and the book Thetis, Achilles' mother tells him of his fate which is that if he sails for Troy he will earn glory and fame but his life will be...
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  • The Iliad Essay - 628 Words
     The Lion and the Man Lions, as well as men, are known for their courage, for protecting their pack and people. Each are brave and admirable, but only one of them has let their pride lead them into the arms of death throughout history. In the epic poem “The Iliad” by Homer, two heroes, Hector and Achilles, battle their fates for immortality. This struggle brings out the innermost desires and faults of each warrior, revealing Achilles as a more admirable character. As the supreme protector of...
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  • Gilgamesh and Iliad - 483 Words
    Gilgamesh and Iliad All humans experience death. Getting too worked up over death is not a good thing. There is nothing that can be done about it. From what I hear, the older you get the more expecting and welcoming you are of death and you look at it as a positive next step. If someone dies from an illness or an accident, that’s different. There is a reason to be sad because it was not their time to go. You always have your family and friends there for you, if you need comforting. To say...
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  • Helen in Iliad - 2703 Words
    HELEN:"CAUSA BELLE and VICTIM OF WAR". Homer creates Helen as a complex and suffering figure with a good mind, who strives for autonomy, expression, and belonging, within and despite the many constraints to which she is subject.Helen appears in only six encounters in the Iliad, with a different audience in each. As the encounters progress, she reveals more and more aspects of her personality and becomes increasingly assertive, increasingly her own person, and increasingly a part of the...
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  • Iliad Assessment - 308 Words
    Name Instructor English Honors 10 Date Assessment of the "Iliad" The "Iliad" by the Greek poet Homer is a epic poem written around 800-710 BC. In the "Iliad" Homer shows the reader how women were viewed as unequal to men but could cause big impacts during ancient Greece. As of today women are still characterized in most movies and books as having these qualities. Before even the beginning of the war women were involved heavily. When the three Goddesses Hera, Athena and Aphrodite...
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  • The Gods in the Iliad - 690 Words
    The Gods in the Iliad The gods take sides in the Iliad. The gods help their favorite mortals both directly and indirectly. Mortals fight gods and gods fight each other. The world of the Iliad is a world of cosmic conflict. On the side of the Greeks are: On the side of the Trojans are: Athena Aphrodite Hera Apollo Poseidon Artemis Hermes Leto...
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  • Iliad Theme - 311 Words
    Some people believe that the Iliad is a poem about death. However, some argue that the most important theme is war. Other themes of human experience such as jealousy, honor, or pride are seen in the poem, but I think the main idea of the poem is anger or rage and the results that occur from it. Death is a recurring subject in the Iliad along with graphic descriptions. Every man knows he will die at some point especially when going into battle. For example, Sarpedon says to Glaucus, “Ah...
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  • Homer’s Iliad - 334 Words
    Homer’s Iliad With the assistance of Agamemnon and Achilleus, the Achaians were able to gain the victory over the Thebe. After the war ended, in order to honor Agamemnon and Achilleus, the Achaians equally distributed their prize, in addition, Chryseis for Agamemnon and Briseus’s daughter for Achilleus. However the father of Chryseis, who happened to be the priest of Apollo, came in to ransom back his daughter. But Agamemnon refused to give her back and drove him away. The priest was...
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  • Iliad Essay - 1660 Words
    Greta Davis Dr. Novak Great Books Section 3 24 September 2012 What Makes a Hero The battlefield is the only home a warrior hero knows, his shield and spear the only instruments for achieving all aims. A hero is driven through suffering to earn the honor and glory of immortal status within a community from which he is inevitably detached. At the beginning of Homer’s The Iliad, Achilles embodies the “ideal” hero in his past accomplishments and renowned fame as the greatest of all Achaeans....
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  • Beowulf and The Iliad - 681 Words
    Beowulf and The Iliad themes reflection paper When comparing the major themes of Good vs. Evil and Life and Death to find that the two themes are the biggest themes in an epic. The elements are present toward what the type of reflection and will be touched on all keys. Beowulf and The Iliad both have references to the themes of Good vs. Evil and Life and Death and will be looked at separately. Beowulf shows a very equal standing toward Good vs. Evil and Life and Death and is noted and...
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  • The Iliad and the Odyssey - 642 Words
    The Iliad and the Odyssey The character I have chosen from The Iliad, "Book VI," is Hektor, leader of the Trojan army as being heroic. I read "Book VI" several times because I could sympathize with Hektor's choices and dilemma. Hektor will stop at nothing to help the Trojans fight the war against the Greeks and Achilleus, as the Greeks attempt to overtake Troy. Zeus promises Hektor divine help with a victory for the Trojans, but Hektor makes mistakes when he misjudges his own power and refuses...
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  • Paris in the Iliad - 707 Words
    THE FAULTS OF PARIS When I first started reading Homer’s ancient epic, the Iliad, I was in awe of the great honor, courage, and model character traits that the characters expressed throughout the poem. Many of the characters are admirable and live a life with virtue and morality. However, as I continued reading the poem, it struck me that Paris does not have these admirable traits. Even though he is the brother of the great and noble Trojan hero Hektor. Paris is, in no...
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  • Kleos in the Iliad - 1067 Words
    Kleos in the Iliad When we consider the Hero in ancient Greek culture, we must forget our notion of what a hero is. The ancient Greek concept of a hero was different from our own culture's. The motivation for any Homeric Greek is glory, or "Kleos", that is to be honored and respected among their people. Not only does kleos imply being honored and respected, it literally means ‘to be heard.’ Achieving kleos entails that your tale and ultimately you will live on forever. Kleos is...
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  • Iliad Questions - 255 Words
    1. “Anger-sing, goddess, the anger of Achilles….” Analyse the Iliad’s critique of Achilles’ anger. 2. Critically comment on the representation of Aphrodite in the Iliad. 3. Homeric simile. 4. Hector & Andromache. 5. Shield of Achilles & Son of Atrius. 6. The status of Helen. 7. “Homeric similes and shorter comparisons bring out the rightful place of war in the natural order.” Discuss. 8. Is there a heroic code that guides the decisions of the characters in...
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  • Women Iliad - 1518 Words
    1 English November 23December 10th, 2012 Women In the epic poem, The Iliad, by Homer, women play an important but subservient role to men. With very few exceptions, the acts and deeds of men are dominant. Some goddesses such as Hera enjoy parity with men, and some mortal females show exceptional strength such as Andromache, but the primary role of women is to create a sanctuary at home or perform handiwork for their husbands. Women also serve to symbolize a man’s military rank as...
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  • Similies in the Iliad - 586 Words
    Analysis of the Simile from the Iliad A passage will be extracted from the Iliad to analyze how the contents of passage are expressed and contain the similes. The selected passage describes the fight between Achilles and Hector. In fact, the scene tells how fierce Achilles chases after Hector. Furthermore, it describes how Hector gets frightened as facing his death by means of the similes: Hector looked up, saw him, started to tremble, nerve gone, he could hold his ground no longer, he...
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  • Hubris in the Iliad - 777 Words
    In Homer's epic, The Iliad, there are many great characters, both mortal and immortal. However, no characters seem to match the greatness and importance of Achilles, the mightiest of the Greeks and Hector, Trojan prince and mightiest of the Trojans. Although they are the mightiest of their forces, their attitudes and motives for the Greek-Trojan war are completely different. Since birth, mighty Achilles was destined for greatness as Thetis, his father was told that he would bear a son greater...
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  • Iliad and Movie - 478 Words
    With comparing the epic poem 'the Iliad' and the movie 'Troy', there are many differences. 'Troy' is a great film with excellent actors such as Brad Pitt, but it does not capture the full effect the book gives you and thr classic format of the Greek poem. Here are some examples on how the book and the movie differ.   The Iliad only covers about 2 weeks in the last year of the war, while the movie shows it all. Achilles and Agamemnon argue, and Briseis is taken from Achilles in both. Achilles...
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  • Supplication in the Iliad - 1300 Words
    Jose Diaz CLAS 250W SUPPLICATION IN THE ILIAD There are many instances of ‘begging’ in the Iliad. A formal supplication can involve gestures such as grasping someone's knees or touching their chin. There is usually an offer of gifts or favors, or a reminder of past gifts or favors, as well as arguments for granting the present request. Scenes of supplication are frequent in Homer, both in battle structures and in non-military interactions. Examples of this type scene of...
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  • The Iliad Script - 1464 Words
    Presenting the Casts: Abadines, Jessica T. Acosta, Krizelle Nhorilyn V. Alaan, Pauline Joy D. Amorin , Anne Marielle C. Arcebuche , Princes Diane M. Arellano, Axel Russel M. Basilio, John Benedict P. Group 1 Scene 1: Introduction of Troy Narrator: (she will look around) Hello? (then the voice will echo) the echo will be the signal for the coming of the troops Narrator: (when the armies had already come) What the ?! STOP! * Everyone will look at her bewitched by her presence....
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  • Iliad Notes - 879 Words
    Iliad Book1 Agamemnon takes Chryseis the daughter of chryses after the achaens sack a Trojan-allied town and capture two beautiful women. Then chryses ask for his daughter back offering a ransom but was refused. He then prays to Apollo for help and Apollo listens and sends plague to the camp causing many deaths. After 10 days of suffering Achilles calls assembly and ask for deity to tell why its happening. Calchas the seer told that he needs to return chryses, but Agamemnon became angry and...
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  • Demigods in Iliad - 1435 Words
    Demigods In The Iliad by Homer, the ancient Greek gods have many extraordinary abilities. They take pleasure in eternal youth by consuming ambrosia and nectar, resisting disease, and influencing the tides of war between Trojan and Achaian soldiers. In addition to these supernatural powers, the gods have the benefit of immortality. Immortality is the birthright that primarily separates gods from mortals and thus, it is the most precious of supernatural powers. Gods such as Zeus, Thetis, and...
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  • The Iliad Homer - 1399 Words
    The Iliad Homer Major Themes The interaction between fate and free will: A complicated theme, the interaction between fate and free will is present in every book of the Iliad. At times it seems that men have no real freedom. The gods intercede repeatedly, altering events as they please. But Homer was no determinist, and there is a place in the Iliad for human agency. At key points, Homer makes it clear that mortals make important choices, and a few times mortals nearly overturn the dictates...
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  • Iliad and Honor - 2162 Words
    THE IMPORTANCE OF HONOR AND GLORY IN THE ILIAD Honor and glory are central to the Greek character. Since heroes are the essence of the society from which they come, Greek heroes live their lives according to honor and glory, in all their varied forms. Honor and glory trigger an epic war that takes the lives of numerous men, and shape its development at every stage. The fall of Troy is "a thing… whose glory shall perish never (Homer, Iliad 2.324)". The goal of the Greeks is the fame that...
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  • Iliad Story - 1155 Words
    Iliad Narrator: Homer was called the blind poet of Greece. Very little is known about him, but his transcended genius is vividly impressed upon his works. His country folks called him “the Poet”. His two epics, the Iliad and the Odyssey, were learned by heart, and wherever a Greek settled, he or she carried with him or her love for Homer. The Iliad and the Odyssey depict the complete life of the ancient Greeks in action. The Iliad showcases the passions found in and the cruelty of war. It is...
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  • Greeks Iliad - 460 Words
    Essay 1 Which warrior best encompasses the idea of kleos in the Iliad? The story Iliad tells about great warriors and their battles between the Greeks and Trojans. Different characters play a different role, for example hector is the noble prince of the Trojans who tries to protect his homeland from the Greeks. And then it is Achilles who is a great warrior in battle and wants to capture the Trojans and have their women for slaves. The story is mainly about honor and reputation. Achilles...
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  • Iliad and Achilles - 478 Words
    Achilles Is The Hero Hector and Achilles; the proud leaders of the Greeks and the Trojans dominate the battle field throughout The Iliad. Hector wins people's hearts, he is brave, strong, he cares for his family, he protects his people, and he leads his soldiers into battle! Achilles, on the other hand, is a cry baby, he stays in a corner when Agamemnon steals his slave girl and causes countless deaths on the Greek side. How can one argue that Achilles is a better leader when he acts so...
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  • Iliad-Sparknotes - 5801 Words
    -SparkNSummary: Book 5 Ah what chilling blows we suffer—thanks to our own conflicting wills— whenever we show these mortal men some kindness. (See Important Quotations Explained) As the battle rages, Pandarus wounds the Achaean hero Diomedes. Diomedes prays to Athena for revenge, and the goddess endows him with superhuman strength and the extraordinary power to discern gods on the field of battle. She warns him, however, not to challenge any of them except Aphrodite. Diomedes fights like a...
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  • The Iliad Essay - 1164 Words
    Homer’s epic The Iliad, is a great tale of war and glory. It takes place during the last year of the ten year Greek-Trojan war. The Greeks have been fighting with the Trojans for quite some time, and just when peace seemed like a possibility, the youngest prince of Troy, Paris, acts out selfishly and steals the beautiful wife of Menelaus, Helen. This instigates the fighting again. Throughout The Iliad, Homer tells of two heroes, both similar, but also very different in their character; the...
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  • Gilgamesh & Iliad - 1699 Words
    MIDTERM EXAMINATION Program in Cultures, Civilizations, and Ideas Humanities 111: Antiquity Fall 2010 Due 25.11.2010 at 17:30 via email. Academic Dishonesty Do not cheat. Do not help others cheat. Do not submit the work of others as your own. Students who turn in substantially identical written work in terms of content, structure, vocabulary, or phrasing will be severely penalized. Academic dishonesty or plagiarism will result in an F for the course and further disciplinary action,...
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  • Analysis of a Quote from the Iliad
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