Events of Book 22 - The Iliad

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1. When Zeus considers saving Hector from death, how does he decide his fate?

  • He uses a pair of golden scales to weigh up Hector and Achilles' fate.
  • He calls a meeting between all the Gods to contribute to the debate.
  • He consults Thetis and Apollo as they support different sides of the war.
  • He uses a golden coin and tosses it to choose the victim of death.
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2. Why doesn't Hector follow the Trojans into the city walls at the beginning of book 22?

  • Aphrodite had rescued him from battle and placed him there for safety.
  • He is too ashamed having ordered them to stay outside the walls.
  • Athene has tricked him into thinking that it is a safe position from Achilles.
  • He wants to face his destiny and therefore to comfort Achilles.

3. Which of the Trojans watches Hector's death and are the first to mourn for him?

  • His parents, Priam and Hecabe.
  • His wife, Andromache.
  • His brother, Paris.
  • His uncle and sister, Trygaeus and Blancheas.

4. As Hector is dying, what does he beg Achilles to do?

  • Take his son back to Argos and care for him as a father would.
  • Retrieve Helen from his brother Paris and return her to Menelaus.
  • Return his body to the Trojans for burial in Troy.
  • Marry Andromache to Paris in order to care for his son.

5. When Achilles first finds Hector, what has he been doing?

  • Chasing Apollo who was disguised as Agenor.
  • Speaking to the Achaean soothsayer in Argos.
  • Confronting Priam on the city walls of Ilium.
  • Preparing Patroclus' body for burial in Argos.


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