Ch 4: Mythology Study Guide: The Trojan War, The Iliad & The Odyssey

About This Chapter

The Trojan War, ''The Iliad'' & ''The Odyssey'' chapter of this Mythology Study Guide course is the most efficient way to study events and people associated with these stories. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus includes lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you understand the essential concepts associated with the Trojan War, ''The Iliad'' and ''The Odyssey.''

Who's It For?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering Trojan War, The Iliad and The Odyssey material will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about these mythical tales. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
  • Students who are looking for easy ways to identify the most important information on the topic
  • Students who have fallen behind in memorizing events and people associated with the Trojan War, The Iliad and The Odyssey
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning mythology (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam

How It Works:

  • Watch each video in the chapter to review all key topics.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
  • Complete your review with The Trojan War, The Iliad & The Odyssey chapter exam.

Why It Works:

  • Study Efficiently: The lessons in this chapter cover only information you need to know.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Take The Trojan War, The Iliad & The Odyssey chapter exam to make sure you're prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any mythology question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students Will Review:

This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about the Trojan War, The Iliad & The Odyssey for a standard mythology course. Topics covered include:

  • Myths about Helen of Troy and her role in the Trojan War
  • Achilles, his infamous heel and his position as an ancient Greek warrior
  • Mythology surrounding King Menelaus
  • The legacy and personal life of King Priam
  • The story of King Agamemnon and his death
  • An overview of Clytemnestra, her character and her family
  • The Greek poet Homer, his works and views of modern scholars
  • Characters and themes of The Iliad
  • Odysseus in The Odyssey and how this epic poem relates to Greek literature throughout history
  • Penelope's quotes and how Homer conveys her as the perfect wife
  • The roles of Circe, Tiresias and Calypso in The Odyssey
  • Traits of Telemachus, the son of Odysseus

15 Lessons in Chapter 4: Mythology Study Guide: The Trojan War, The Iliad & The Odyssey
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Helen of Troy: Story & History

1. Helen of Troy: Story & History

According to myth, Helen of Troy's beauty was the cause of the Trojan War, which is why she has been called 'the face that launched a thousand ships.' In this lesson, you'll learn about the most enduring myths of Helen of Troy.

Achilles, the Ancient Greek Hero:  Myth & Achilles Heel

2. Achilles, the Ancient Greek Hero: Myth & Achilles Heel

One of the greatest warriors of ancient Greece, Achilles fought and died in the Trojan War. Learn about Achilles and his role in the Trojan War and discover his weak spot, the dreaded Achilles heel.

Menelaus of Troy: Mythology, Overview

3. Menelaus of Troy: Mythology, Overview

Let's discover who King Menelaus of Sparta was. Together, we can take a closer look at his history, personal life and legacy. We will also analyze his role in precipitating the Trojan War.

King Priam of Troy: Mythology, Kingdom & Death

4. King Priam of Troy: Mythology, Kingdom & Death

In this lesson we will learn who King Priam of Troy was. Together, we will take a closer look at his history, his personal life and his legacy. We will analyze his role in the Trojan War and how his decisions may have resulted in his death.

King Agamemnon: Mythology & Trojan War

5. King Agamemnon: Mythology & Trojan War

Meet Agamemnon, the leader of the Greek army during the Trojan War. Discover how this arrogant king was humbled by the gods and learn about his death at the hands of his wife and her lover.

Clytemnestra of Greek Mythology: Character Analysis, Overview

6. Clytemnestra of Greek Mythology: Character Analysis, Overview

Meet Clytemnestra, whose father was the king of Sparta and whose husband was King Agamemnon of Mycenae. Discover how one act of deception led to the disintegration of her entire family.

Homer of Ancient Greece: Mythology & Poetry

7. Homer of Ancient Greece: Mythology & Poetry

This lesson will look at the famous Greek poet named Homer. We'll look at his work, the context in which he wrote it, and the things that scholars believe about him today.

The Iliad & The Odyssey: Summary & Characters

8. The Iliad & The Odyssey: Summary & Characters

In this lesson, you will explore the themes and characters of two of the greatest works of Western literature: the ''Iliad'' and the ''Odyssey''. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

The Iliad: Greek Epic

9. The Iliad: Greek Epic

This lecture traces the history of Greek epics. It then examines the central themes of 'The Iliad': Xenia, Achilles' wrath, and his quest for immortality. The plot of 'The Iliad' is summarized and attention is drawn to themes from the Sumerian tradition.

The Odyssey: Greek Epic

10. The Odyssey: Greek Epic

This lecture provides a rough outline of the exploits of Odysseus in Homer's epic poem ''The Odyssey''. You'll learn plot details about this epic poem, in addition to hearing about how this important tale relates to Greek culture and literary works throughout history.

Penelope in the Odyssey: Quotes & Weaving

11. Penelope in the Odyssey: Quotes & Weaving

Penelope is one of the most important characters in 'The Odyssey'. Homer idealizes her as the perfect wife and one who sets the standard for loyalty. Learn how Penelope used her intelligence to remain loyal to Odysseus while he was away for two decades.

Circe of The Odyssey:  Mythology, Overview

12. Circe of The Odyssey: Mythology, Overview

In this lesson we explore one of the minor goddesses of ancient Greek mythology, Circe. The goddess of magic and transformation, Circe plays her most pivotal role in Greek literature in Homer's 'Odyssey'.

Tiresias of The Odyssey: Mythology, Overview

13. Tiresias of The Odyssey: Mythology, Overview

In this lesson we'll learn who Tiresias was in Greek mythology. Together, we'll take a closer look at his myths and his legacy. We'll also examine Tiresias' role in 'The Odyssey.'

Calypso in The Odyssey: Summary, Overview

14. Calypso in The Odyssey: Summary, Overview

In this lesson we explore the ancient Greek nymph, Calypso, and her role in Homer's ''Odyssey.'' Though just a nymph, Calypso challenges the Olympian gods and tries to hold Odysseus captive.

Who was Telemachus? - Stories, Character Traits & Analysis

15. Who was Telemachus? - Stories, Character Traits & Analysis

In this lesson we explore the character Telemachus, whose father, Odysseus, is the main character in Homer's 'The Odyssey.' Separated from his father since infancy, he journeys into southern Greece to find him.

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