The Iliad

Answer each question in a paragraph of 4 or 5 detailed sentences.
Review the scenes depicted on the shield of Achilles (Book 18). In your judgment, is the presentation of life on
the shield more positive or more negative? Defend your choice with evidence from the relevant pages of Book
18 of The Iliad.
Find an epic simile from either Book 18, 19, 20, 21 or 22. After identifying your epic simile by book and line
numbers, state what is being compared with what. Then explain why this comparison is effective and what the
epic simile contributes to this part of the story.
Why is Book 17 called “Menelaus’s Finest Hour”? Do you think the title is accurate? Why or why not?
Please use this when answering the questions. All the Books are here:
https://griersmusings.files.wordpress.com/2018/10/homer_the_iliad_penguin_classics_deluxe_edition-robertfagles.pdf

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