Memorizing Homer's Iliad and Odyssey

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This page contains notes about memorizing the structure of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. See the blog post and memory challenge for more information.

The Iliad

The Characters

See also:

Characters in the Iliad
Greek Name Alternate Names Notes
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Book 1

  1. Chryses, priest of Apollo, comes to the Greek fleet to ask Agamemnon for his daughter Chryseis, back
  2. Chryses, the priest is rejected by Agamemnon
  3. Chryses prays to Apollo to punish the Greeks
  4. Apollo shoots deadly arrows at the Greeks for 9 days
  5. On the 10th day Achilles asks the augur, Chalcas, why Apollo is angry, and Chalcas answers.
  6. Agamemnon angrily agrees to give Chryseis back to her father, but says that he will take Achilles' war-prize, Briseis.
  7. Athena stops Achilles from killing Agamemnon on the spot
  8. Achilles curses at Agamemnon, refusing to fight for the Greeks
  9. Nestor, the orator, tries to diffuse the situation
  10. Agamemnon and Achilles refuse to back down
  11. Achilles goes to his tent and Agamemnon sends a team by ship, led by Ithacus (a.k.a., Ulysses), to return Chryseis
  12. Agamemnon sends for Briseis, and Achilles gives her to them, again refusing to fight for the Greeks.
  13. Achilles goes to the shore and tells his mother, Thetis, about how Agamemnon took Chryseis as a spoil of war when they sacked Thebes. He asks her to convince Zeus to make the Trojans successful against the Greeks while he isn't fighting. Thetis agrees.
  14. Ulysses delivers Chryseis, and Chryses prays to Apollo to reverse the plague.
  15. 12 days have passed and Thetis ascends Olympus and convinces Zeus to support the Trojans against the Greeks.
  16. Hera becomes jealous.
  17. Zeus makes threats.
  18. Hephaestus diffuses the situation and passes around the nectar. Apollo plays music.
  19. The gods sleep.

The Odyssey

The Characters

Characters in the Odyssey
Greek Name Alternate Names Notes
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