Events of Book 24 - The Iliad

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1. What do the Trojans do when Hector's body returns to Ilium?

  • They spend nine days preparing the funeral pyre.
  • They spend two days participating in the funeral games.
  • They spend twelve days in silent mourning.
  • They spend seven days sacrificing cattle to Apollo.
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2. How does Priam reduce Achilles to tears and persuade him to release Hector's body?

  • He tells him of Andromache and Hector's orphaned son.
  • He reminds him of his old age and of Achilles' own father.
  • He tells him the story of Glaucas and Diomedes.
  • He reminds him of Briseis and her longing for Achilles during her capture.

3. What does Priam bring to Achilles with the hope of exchanging it for Hector's body?

  • A wagon and four Trojan women.
  • A chariot full of treasure.
  • Patroclus' shield.
  • Helen's maid and some wine.

4. What happens to reassure Hecabe when she is worried that Achilles will kill Priam?

  • Ares fills her with a sense of confidence.
  • Apollo sends a cobra as a sign of fortune.
  • Zeus sends an eagle as a good omen.
  • Apollo sends Iris to tell her of Priam's safety.

5. How does Achilles treat Hector's body at the beginning of book 24?

  • He drags it around Patroclus' tomb every day.
  • He leaves it to rest on top of Patroclus' funeral pyre.
  • He lets the vultures feed on it every day.
  • He allows the Myrmidons to stab it every night.


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