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Copy of The Iliad Summary
Transcript of Copy of The Iliad Summary
Eris (goddess of discord), univited to celebration.
Arrived univited and rolled a golden apple into the room.
Inscribed on the apple was: "To the fairest." Three goddesses: Hera, Aphrodite, and Athena.
Zeus chose Paris to judge the contest.
Each goddess tried to bribe him. Aphrodite's bribe was Helen of Sparta (Menelaus's wife).
When Paris went with Hector (his brother) to celebrate the marriage, Helen returned to Troy with him.
Led to the Trojan War. The Trojan War The Iliad, precursor to the Odyssey, details part of the Trojan War.
Many important people involved, such as... Achilles Odysseus Hector of Troy Agamemnon and Menelaus Some info on Homer:
Author of the Iliad and Odyssey.
Epic works became some of the founders for Western canon of literature. Oral tradition of storytelling:
Stories were told orally.
Things were not written down originally. Menelaus calls for all of
Greece to help him fight Paris and Troy
When the Iliad begins, the war has been going on for nine years...with neither side gaining the advantage... Book one begins with a dispute between
Achilles and Agamemnon
The god Apollo has sent a pestilence (plague)
on the Achaeans for enslaving Chryseis, the daughter of Apollo's priest.
Achilles convinces Agamemnon to send her back to stop pestilence. To punish Achilles for making him send Chryseis home, Agamemnon takes Achilles slave, Breseis
Book 1 This is where book one picks up. Term to know:
in media res= in the middle