The Iliad (8th c. B.C.)

Things to Consider:

Epic: "A long narrative poem in elevated style presenting characters of high position in adventures forming an organic whole through their relation to a central heroic figure and through the development of episodes important to the history of a nation or a race" (H&H 177).

Convention:  Poem opens by stating theme, invoking Muse.

Epic/Homeric Simile: more involved or ornate comparison, in which the secondary object is very fully developed, and for the moment upstages the primary object.

Achilles: Warrior Identity
Hektor: Associated with civilized life

** Homework Questions ** (See Part Two Questions )
Book One:

256: 264: 267-68: Book Eighteen:
268ff: 277: 279-82:
Other Discussion Questions:
European Background:
135: 136: 137: 138: 257:
259: 260: 263: 275: 277:
** Homework Questions for Part Two ** Book Twenty-Two:
282: 287: 288: 290-91: Book Twenty-Four:
294-95: 295: 300: 309:
Other Discussion Questions:
284: 285: 297: 299: 301: 302: 306: 310: 312:

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