Events of Book 22 - The Iliad

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1. How do the Gods betray Hector and lead him to his death?

  • Athene disguises herself as a Trojan ally and convinces Hector they can attack Achilles.
  • Apollo disguises himself as Hecabe and calls him into the open plain of the battle field.
  • Hera fills him with an inflated sense of confidence, leading him to believe that he can attack Achilles.
  • Zeus sends down a burning arrow to weaken him, helping Achilles catch up with him to kill him.
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2. 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.

3. 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 wants to face his destiny and therefore to comfort Achilles.
  • 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.

4. How many times does Achilles chase Hector around the city walls?

  • 2
  • 5
  • 3
  • 9

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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