Agamemnon and Zeus occupy the top positions in their respective societies, but there are significant differences in how they assert their authority ov

1) Agamemnon and Zeus occupy the top positions in their respective societies, but there are significant differences in how they assert their authority over their followers. Using specific examples, compare and contrast the manner in which Agamemnon and Zeus persuade (or try to persuade) others to do their will.

2) Achilleus’s choice between two fates is a false choice. Everybody knew in Homer’s time how the story ends and there is no way he could tell it otherwise. Achilleus’s heel is the inevitable conclusion of the myth. This is the human remnant that condemns him. He must be who he “is” according to the prevailing story. Identity must rule and Achilleus must die.

3) The opening lines of the poem read: “Sing, goddess, the anger of Peleus’ son Achilleus and its devastation.” Does Achilleus’s character change over the course of the poem? Does his anger subside? What remains constant and what changes in Achilleus’s character over the course of the epic from the quarrel with Agamemnon, to his refusal of the petitions of the emissaries to rejoin the battle in Book 9, to his returning of Hektor’s body to Priam?

4) Discuss the significance of two extended similes from two different Books of Homer’s Iliad. What is the function of the similes? What do they contribute to the poem?

5) Who is responsible for the death of Patroklos? Nestor? Achilleus? Odysseus? Agamemnon? Apollo? Zeus? Euphorbos? Hektor? Patroklos himself?