Events of Book 18 - The Iliad

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1. Why does Thetis offer to get Achilles new armour made by Hephaestus?

  • Hector now wears Achilles armour.
  • Patroclus' blood has stained Achilles' armour.
  • Achilles' armour was lost at see bringing Patroclus' body back.
  • Achilles' armour won't be strong enough to protect him from Hector.
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2. Who accompanies Achilles to the battle field?

  • Athene
  • Antilochus
  • Iris
  • Nestor

3. When Hephaestus hands over the new armour he has made, what does the shield show?

  • Hector's corpse, a fallen Ilium, Patroclus' resurrection and the marriage of Achilles and Briseis.
  • Constellations, dancing children, pastures and cities of men.
  • Achilles slaying Hector, Patroclus' soul, the mountains of Olympus and the throne of Zeus.
  • Festivals of theatre, Athens, children and women milking cattle in Argos.

4. How does Thetis and her water-nymph sisters find out about Patroclus' death?

  • Antilochus summons them to the camp of Achilles to mourn with him.
  • They hear Briseis' weeping as she is thrown from the camp.
  • They hear Achilles' cries from their home under the sea.
  • They see Achilles returning to battle from their home at Olympus.

5. Who tells Achilles that Patroclus has been killed?

  • Antilochus
  • Pandarus
  • Nestor
  • Thetis


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