Events of Book 22 - The Iliad

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1. How does Andromache find out about Hector's death?

  • She hears Priam and Hecabe weeping at the city walls.
  • She hears the soothsayer announcing it in the city marketplace.
  • Iris appears before her and tells her of Hector's fate.
  • Aphrodite delivers a dream to her in which the event is set out as it happened.
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2. Why doesn't Hector follow the Trojans into the city walls at the beginning of book 22?

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

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

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

4. What does Achilles do to Hectors body immediately after killing him?

  • Cleans it and throws it over the walls of Ilium for the Trojans to bury.
  • Let the Achaeans stab it then drag it through the dirt.
  • Burn it along with the sacred artefacts of the Trojan Gods.
  • Let the vultures feast on it before burning it in the battlefield.

5. How does Achilles know where exactly to stab Hector in order to kill him?

  • Nestor had spoken to a soothsayer who asked to pass on an a good omen to Achilles, concerning the point of attack.
  • Hector is wearing Achilles' armour that he stole from Patroclus body so Achilles knows its weak points.
  • Iris had told Achilles where to aim his weapon before he had left the Achaean camp.
  • Hector is wearing armour made by Hephaestus, and Thetis had told him where to aim to kill him.


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