Divine Intervention in The Iliad


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At the beginning of The Iliad, what example of divine intervention cements the immortals' significance?

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1. In The Iliad, why does Aphrodite intervene to save Paris, the Trojan prince, from his combat with Menelaus?

2. In The Iliad, after Hector is killed in his combat with Achilles, his body is drug around and repeatedly abused. Despite all of this, he remains preserved and unscathed. What type of divine intervention allows this to be so?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

In this quiz and worksheet combination, you will be reviewing the use of divine intervention as it appears in The Iliad. Questions will ask about the significance of the immortals, and Zeus' desire to remain neutral throughout the battle of Troy.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You can find the following subjects in the questions of the quiz:

  • Aphrodite's reason for intervention to save Paris
  • Hector's body being preserved
  • Zeus remaining neutral
  • Hera's assistance in distracting Zeus

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - understand the elements of divine intervention as they appear in The Illiad
  • Information recall - remember what you have learned about Hera distracting Zeus
  • Knowledge application - use what you know to answer questions about Aphrodite saving Paris

Additional Learning

To read more, check out the lesson titled Divine Intervention in The Iliad. There, you can review the following additional subjects:

  • Fate
  • Causing trouble
  • Good means of intervention