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Copy of The Iliad Summary

This a brief run-through of the events leading up to and some of the characters in The Iliad.

Joshua Hitson

on 6 February 2012

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Transcript of Copy of The Iliad Summary

The City of Troy Paris of Troy and the Golden Apple + = Marriage of Peleus and Thetis (Achilles's parents).
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:
Blind poet.
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
as compensation
Book 1 This is where book one picks up. Term to know:
in media res= in the middle
of things
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