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Unformatted text preview: Great Books 9/16 13:10 Iliad divided into 3 great movements: 1-9, 10-18, 19-end Book 10 is interlude between first and second movements. • Theme of horses – Dolon a lesser man, unworthy of heroic status, desires beyond his station and wants the immortal horses of Achilles. • Theme of danger of crossing no-man’s land at night – Dolon meets Diomedes and Odysseus and they capture him and interrogate him (Achilles’ mercy in contrast with D & O and Agamemnon) as Dolon supplicates to Diomedes, Odysseus kills Dolon. • Theme of ransom – Dolon offers them ransom to save his life, it doesn’t work obviously. • Sign which follows the plot – Dolon’s marten-skin cap, focus for plot movement (kind of substitute for Dolon, makes it more tolerable when he dies) it’s a point for our eyes to follow. They kill them and take off his cap, they’re gonna dedicate it to Athena. They hang it temporarily on a tamarisk bush, and they pick it up later after taking someone’s horses, then they dedicate it to Athena. • Sarpedon believes that because he is mortal, than he’ll risk his life for material goods. o Heroic code – since we’re gonna die, let’s die with honor....
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- Fall '08
- The Iliad, Patroklus