Events of Book 24 - The Iliad

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1. Who are the first people to mourn for Hector when his body returns to Ilium?

  • Calypso, Iris and Chryseis.
  • Helen, Andromache and the women.
  • The city elders and Hecabe.
  • Paris and the Trojan soldiers.
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2. How does Priam reduce Achilles to tears and persuade him to release Hector's body?

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

3. What does Achilles do whilst the Trojan's prepare Hector's funeral pyre?

  • He sends the Achaean soldiers to Troy to mourn with the Trojans.
  • He gives them reprieve from battle.
  • He temporarily returns to Greece, taking the Achaean army with him.
  • He only lets the Myrmidons go to battle.

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

  • They spend seven days sacrificing cattle to Apollo.
  • They spend nine days preparing the funeral pyre.
  • They spend twelve days in silent mourning.
  • They spend two days participating in the funeral games.

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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