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The Iliad I Bks 1, 6, and 9
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The Story Homer’s Iliad starts in the tenth year of the war at Troy The epic poem covers the events from the quarrel between Agamemnon and Achilles to the death, ransoming, and burial of Hector Neither Helen’s abduction nor the fall of Troy are directly narrated
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“Achilles’s Complex” Main theme: Achilles’s wrath One modern interpretation: Shay, “Achilles in Vietnam”
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Key Words and Values The heroic code Shame culture kleos (glory, rumor) time (worth, honor) arete (excellence)
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Achilles’s Dilemma To take part in the expedition at Troy and die young, but gloriously To live a safe and long but inglorious life at Phthia
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Iliad Book I Achilles’s Wrath
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The cause of the wrath Briseis = Achilles’s prize Chriseis = Agamemnon’s Prize Chryses = Chriseis’s father and priest of Apollo The plague in the Achaean camp Agamemnon accepts to return Chriseis, but demands Briseis
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Achilles and Agamemnon
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This note was uploaded on 03/15/2009 for the course CLASSIC 22030 taught by Professor Karanika during the Fall '07 term at UC Irvine.

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