Gender Roles in The Iliad


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In Homer's The Iliad, who does Agamemnon refer to as a prizes?

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1. In Homer's The Iliad, Zeus says, 'I would remind you of this that you may learn to leave off being so deceitful, and discover how much you are likely to gain by the embraces out of which you have come here to trick me.' What does this mean in terms of gender roles?

2. In Homer's The Iliad, what do gender roles allow men to do, even if they are married?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use these questions to see what you remember about gender roles in The Iliad. You will need to explain the relative position of men and women as shown in this work.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this set of questions you can find out how much you remember about:

  • What Zeus says on the role and position of women
  • What men are allowed to do that women can't
  • Who Agamemnon refers to as prizes

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the material, such as what is allowed of men even when married
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the meaning behind Zeus' words on women in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding what women was the first to be treated like an object

Additional Learning

If you would like to get a more in depth look at this ancient epic, review the lesson titled Gender Roles in The Iliad. It helps you understand:

  • The level of control men were said to have over their impulses
  • Other ways women were treated like objects or toys
  • The manipulative yet lesser role of women as compared to men