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Ch 4: Achaean Characters in The Iliad

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This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about the Achaean characters in The Iliad for a standard literature course. Topics covered include:

  • Achilles' character traits, actions, armor and shield
  • Character analyses of Agamemnon and Odysseus
  • The relationship between Achilles and Agamemnon
  • The roles of Ajax the Greater and Ajax the Lesser
  • Menelaus' character traits
  • Paris vs. Menelaus
  • Diomedes' role in the story
  • Patroclus and his death
  • The character of Nestor

17 Lessons in Chapter 4: Achaean Characters in The Iliad
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Achilles in The Iliad: Character Analysis & Description

1. Achilles in The Iliad: Character Analysis & Description

Achilles is the central figure in Homer's epic ''The Iliad,'' and his brooding personality and combative behavior drive much of the plot. This lesson looks at Achilles's character and the way it affects the action in the epic.

Achilles' Anger & Pride in The Iliad: Analysis & Examples

2. Achilles' Anger & Pride in The Iliad: Analysis & Examples

Achilles is the central character in ''The Iliad'', and anger and pride drive much of his behavior in the epic. This lesson looks at and analyzes key examples of Achilles's pride and anger.

Achilles' Heroism in The Iliad

3. Achilles' Heroism in The Iliad

Achilles' actions in Homer's 'The Iliad' might be questioned as those of a hero in modern day. To the Greeks, though, a hero was someone who performed extraordinary feats. Because of Achilles' prowess on the battlefield, his accomplishments can be viewed as acts of heroism.

Armor of Achilles in The Iliad

4. Armor of Achilles in The Iliad

''The Iliad'' by Homer tells of the Trojan War and the Greek hero Achilles' exploits in this war. This lesson will track who uses Achilles' armor and explore what it means throughout the story.

Shield of Achilles in The Iliad: Description & Analysis

5. Shield of Achilles in The Iliad: Description & Analysis

The Shield of Achilles is described in one of the most famous passages of Homer's 'The Iliad,' and is rich in symbolism and detailed imagery. This lesson will describe the appearance of the shield and discuss its importance within 'The Iliad.'

Why Does Achilles Return Hector's Body to Priam?

6. Why Does Achilles Return Hector's Body to Priam?

The poem ''The Iliad'' by Homer tells of the Trojan War, which involved both people and gods. The hero Achilles disfigured the body of his enemy Hector. Read further to explore why he would return the body of his foe to the dead man's father.

Who is Agamemnon in The Iliad? - Character Analysis & Description

7. Who is Agamemnon in The Iliad? - Character Analysis & Description

He never takes responsibility for anything, uses his power to bully others, and even kills his own daughter to get better sailing weather. His blunders nearly cost his side the war. This man is barely fit to rule, and yet he is one of the most powerful Achaean commanders.

Agamemnon vs. Achilles in The Iliad: Relationship & Differences

8. Agamemnon vs. Achilles in The Iliad: Relationship & Differences

One is a bully and a warrior, the other is a lover and a thinker. In ''The Iliad,'' the two most important men of the Trojan War are as different as can be, and they're heading right into conflict - with each other.

Odysseus in The Iliad: Character Analysis

9. Odysseus in The Iliad: Character Analysis

In Homer's 'The Iliad,' Odysseus stands out, but not because he is a main character. Instead, it is his attributes as a soldier and a leader that draw the reader's eye. His brief appearances hint that there is more to his character than what Homer reveals.

Ajax the Greater's Role in The Iliad

10. Ajax the Greater's Role in The Iliad

Homer's ''The Iliad'' tells the epic story of the Trojan War between the Achaeans and the Trojans. One of the most important Achaean warriors is Ajax the Greater. Read further to explore this hero's background and role in the story.

Menelaus in The Iliad: Characteristics & Traits

11. Menelaus in The Iliad: Characteristics & Traits

Though he is often outshone by the glory of his older brother and other warriors, Menelaus is a strong, steady man who has been hurt by the betrayal of Helen. It is on his behalf that the Trojan War begins.

Menelaus vs. Paris in The Iliad

12. Menelaus vs. Paris in The Iliad

Homer's ''The Iliad'' tells of the Trojan War between the Achaeans and the Trojans. This 10-year war could have been avoided if the duel between Menelaus and Paris had gone differently. This lesson explores the duel and its significance.

Who is Diomedes in The Iliad? - Role & Character Analysis

13. Who is Diomedes in The Iliad? - Role & Character Analysis

There were many heroes which fought in the epic Trojan War as detailed in Homer's 'The Iliad.' This lesson explores the hero Diomedes accomplishments in battle, stealthy actions, and character analysis.

Who is Patroclus in The Iliad?

14. Who is Patroclus in The Iliad?

The death of Patroclus in Homer's ''The Iliad'' sets off a chain reaction of further violence. But why? Who is Patroclus, and why is he so important to Achilles? Please read on for an explanation of just who Patroclus is and why he is so important!

The Death of Patroclus in The Iliad

15. The Death of Patroclus in The Iliad

The death of Patroclus is one of the most powerful scenes in Homer's 'Iliad.' This lesson will summarize the events surrounding the hero's end, and explain its significance for the epic as a whole.

Ajax the Lesser's Role in The Iliad

16. Ajax the Lesser's Role in The Iliad

Ajax the Lesser is a skilled fighter, but it is his temper that often gets him into trouble. Especially in the funeral games for Patroclus, Ajax lets his skills be overshadowed by his anger.

Nestor in The Iliad

17. Nestor in The Iliad

This lesson will explore the character of Nestor in Homer's 'The Iliad.' He might seem like a silly old man who tells stories at first, but it turns out he is really important to both the story and the characters of 'The Iliad.'

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