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Iliad Outline

What happens in the 24 Books of the Iliad by Homer

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Trojan War Heroes

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Book One
Supplication. Plague. Quarrel.

Summary and Main Characters of the Iliad Book I


Book 2
Greeks and Trojans get ready for battle.

Summary and Main Characters of the Iliad Book II


Book 3
Paris single combat with Menelaus.

Summary and Main Characters of the Iliad Book III


Book 4
Quarrel among the gods.

Summary and Main Characters of the Iliad Book IV


Book 5
Athena helps Diomedes. He injures Aphrodite and Ares.

Summary and Main Characters of the Iliad Book V


Book 6
Andromache begs Hector not to fight.

Summary and Main Characters of the Iliad Book VI


Book 7
Ajax and Hector fight, but neither wins. Paris refuses to give up Helen.

Summary and Main Characters of the Iliad Book VII


Book 8
2nd battle; Greeks beaten back.

Summary and Main Characters of the Iliad Book VIII


Book 9
Agamemnon returns Briseis to Achilles.

Summary and Main Characters of the Iliad Book IX


Book 10
Odysseus and Diomedes capture a Trojan spy.

Summary and Main Characters of the Iliad Book X


Book 11
Nestor urges Patroclus to persuade Achilles to lend him his armor and his men.

Summary and Main Characters of the Iliad Book XI


Book 12
Trojans get through Greek walls.

Summary and Main Characters of the Iliad Book XII


Book 13
Poseidon helps the Greeks.

Summary and Main Characters of the Iliad Book XIII


Book 14
Largely through the shenanigans of the gods, the Trojans are driven back. Hector is wounded.

Summary and Main Characters of the Iliad Book XIV


Book 15
Apollo sent to heal Hector. Hector burns Greek ships.

Summary and Main Characters of the Iliad Book XV


Book 16
Achilles lets Patroclus wear his armor and lead his Myrmidons. Hector kills Patroclus.

Summary and Main Characters of the Iliad Book XVI


Book 17
Achilles learns Patroclus is dead.

Summary and Main Characters of the Iliad Book XVII


Book 18
Achilles mourns. Shield of Achilles.

Summary and Main Characters of the Iliad Book XVIII


Book 19
Reconciled with Agamemnon, Achilles agrees to lead the Greeks.

Summary and Main Characters of the Iliad Book XIX


Book 20
Gods join the battle. Hera, Athena, Poseidon, Hermes, and Hephaestus for the Greeks. Apollo, Artemis, Ares, and Aphrodite for the Trojans.

Summary and Main Characters of the Iliad Book XX


Book 21
Achilles winning. Trojans retreat.

Summary and Main Characters of the Iliad Book XXI


Book 22
Hector and Achilles meet in single combat. Death of Hector.

Summary and Main Characters of the Iliad Book XXII


Book 23
Funeral Games for Patroclus.

Summary and Main Characters of the Iliad Book XXIII


Book 24
Hector desecration, return, and burial.

Summary and Main Characters of the Iliad Book XXIV

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