ClSt 283 F13

Greek History

Iliad Outline


Students: this page contains a very crude outline of the Iliad. Bullets are followed by rough line-numbers in the Fagles translation. You may find it useful in navigating the books. Use it as you wish; download, expand, add details; print and take notes on it; whatever. This is not an assignment.

Book 1

  • Invocation
  • Assembly of men (roughly line 61)
  • Preparations and embassy to Achilles (360)
  • Achilles and Thetis (415)
  • Embassy to Chryses (514)
  • Achilles' isolation (581)
  • Thetis and Zeus (600)
  • Assembly of gods (644)

Book 2

  • Zeus' Scheme
  • Chiefs muster (60)
  • Agamemnon's trick (118)
  • Troops reassemble; conflict with Thersites (245)
  • Council of chiefs (480)
  • Troops assemble, ready for battle (522)
  • Second invocation (573)
  • Catalogue of ships (584)
  • Best men and chariot teams (865)
  • The Trojan side (895)
  • Catalogue of Trojans and allies (927)

Book 3

  • Armies advance
  • Paris and Menelaos to duel (16)
  • Helen surveys the troops from the walls (146)
  • Oath is struck (330)
  • Duel (370)
  • Paris saved by Aphrodite (440)
  • Back on the field (525)

Book 4

  • Council on Olympus
  • Athena forces Trojan hand (81)
  • Agamemnon makes the rounds (260)
    • Idomeneus
    • Aiaces
    • Nestor
    • Menestheus and Odysseus
    • Stheneleus and Diomedes
  • Engagements (489)
  • Kills (529)

Book 5

  • Kills by Greeks
  • Diomedes' aristeia (126)
    • attacks and wounds Aphrodite (380)
    • she withdraws (397)
    • Charges Apollo (500)
  • Ares enters the fray and Trojans regroup (534)
  • Achaeans rally (645)
  • Hector advances, with Ares (678)
  • Hera and Athena enter battle (816)
  • Diomedes attacks and wounds Ares (990)
    • he withdraws (1001)

Book 6

  • Fighting continues
  • Helenus urges sacrifice (101)
  • Glaucus and Diomedes (140)
  • Hector returns to Troy (282)
    • meets Hecuba (298)
      • she goes to sacrifice (338)
    • confront Paris (368)
    • talks with Helen (406)
    • finds Andromache (465)
  • Paris and Hector return to the field (600)

Book 7

  • Athena and Apollo engineer duel (20)
  • Hector calls for duel (62)
  • Ajax and Hector duel (259)
    • Draw called, gifts exchanged (320)
  • Nestor proposes funerary truce and wall (375)
  • Trojans propose peace (400)
  • Funerals and the wall (488)

Book 8

  • Council on Olympus
  • Battle commences (63)
  • Zeus rains lightning and thunder (88)
  • Trojans press (197)
  • Achaeans rally (250)
  • Trojans push back (382)
  • Hera and Athena attempt to intervene (402)
  • Recalled and dressed down by Zeus (453)
  • Trojans camp (560)

Book 9

  • Achaeans' morale crushed
  • Agamemnon calls the men to muster (9)
  • Nestor speaks (61)
  • Embassy to Achilles (195)
    • Odysseus (269)
    • Achilles (372).
    • Phoenix's first speech (525)
    • Phoenix's story (645)
    • Achilles (739)
    • Ajax (765)
  • Return to camp (815)

Book 10-end

  • You get the idea; you can take it from here!

 


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