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The Iliad


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Brann, Eva. Homeric Moments: Clues to Delight in Reading The Odyssey and The Iliad. Philadelphia: Paul Dry Books, 2002.

Burkert, Walter. Greek Religion. Trans. John Raffan. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, reprint edition 2006.

Camps, W. A. An Introduction to Homer. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1980.

Edwards, Mark W. Homer: Poet of The Iliad. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, reprint edition 1990.

Griffin, Jasper. Homer on Life and Death. New York: Oxford University Press, 1983.

Kirk, G. S. The Songs of Homer. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, new edition 2004.

Nagy, Gregory. The Best of the Achaeans: Concepts of the Hero in Archaic Greek Poetry. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, revised edition 1998.

Silk, M. S. Homer: The Iliad. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2nd edition 2004.

Vivante, Paolo. Homer. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1985.

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Discrepancy between summary and quick quiz

by Maledicte, September 04, 2013

In the summary for book 4 it says, " Zeus argues that Menelaus has won the duel," while in the quiz the "correct" answer for the person who believes that Paris won the duel is Zeus. This is a direct contradiction and should be rectified.


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False: Hektor did not flee.

by DingDangIt, October 17, 2013

I must disagree with Hektor's commentary above.
"His refusal to flee even in the face of vastly superior forces makes him the most tragic figure in the poem."

He did flee. THREE times... The only moment when he stands and fights is when he thinks he has a buddy by his side to back him up.
("Athene deceived Hector with her words and her disguise.")
Sorry, but that is cowardice (and he is the GREATEST of the Trojans... just saying...) He is a coward by the end of the book, not so different from Paris.

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