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Unformatted text preview: Ancient Greece Jan 28 Exam 1 WEEK 3: HOMER, I LIAD, PART ONE The Iliad • Begins in medias res which means “in the middle of things” • Lasts only a few days and opens the story towards the end of the war Book 1: The quarrel begins • Achilles, “best of the Achaeans”: why? o Achaean is another word for Greek o He is the best warrior, and doer of deeds o Good speaker in the counsel Other Greeks listen and follow him • Agamemnon o Leader of the Greeks o Not the best warrior, but pretty decent o Refuses to vacate the wrath of Apollo b/c it detracts from his own honor o All about honor o Threatens to take away Achilles girl; causes the wrath of Achilles • Menelaus o Agamemnon’s brother; Helen’s husband o Portrayed as a weak link o Compared to a pregnant woman o Reason that everyone is fighting • Odysseus o 3 rd hero o Craftiest man; always thinking and planning o No match for Achilles on the battlefield o Great speaker • Nestor o Old man of the Greeks (about 900 years old) o Wisest Greek; can no longer fight o Neither Agamemnon nor Achilles listen to him in Book 1 o He’s the old man who wont shut up about his old days o Living illustration of kleos. He’s got it!...
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- The Iliad, patron goddess Achilles, town Achilles choices