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Lecture 5 - Lecture 5 Setting of the Iliad The Iliad begins...

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Lecture 5 09/15/09 Setting of the Iliad The Iliad begins in the midst of the Trojan War, the entire time elapsed in the course of the novel is 40 days. Homer frames the material as an artist rather than a historian, thus he is after making things dramatic rather than just provide an account of exactly what happened. Main characters (Achilles, Odysseus, Agamemnon) are the leaders of city-states. Agamemnon is the leader of Achaeans. Achilles is second in ranks. Agamemnon has an eye on the woman (named Briseis) whom Achilles had kidnapped in a previous war, he took her from Achilles. The gods intervene and prevent Achilles from killing Agamemnon (specifically Athena), and Achilles takes himself and his men (Myrmidons) out of the war. Hector is the warrior who has begun to dominate the battle after Achilles leaves. Achilles o Peleus’ son. His mother is Thetis (divine). Peleus is mortal. Thetis was a favorite of Zeus which gave Achilles some privilege.
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