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This analysis is based upon A Study of the "Iliad" in Translation by Frank Lowry Clark. (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1927).

I. Summons of the Greek chieftains to a night council, 1-179

a) Agamemnon, unable to sleep, goes to Menelaus, 1-24

b) Menelaus, on his way to call Agamemnon, meets the king and takes council, 25-71

c) Nestor is summoned by Agamemnon, 72-130

d) Odysseus is summoned by Nestor, 131-47

e) Diomedes is summoned by Odysseus, 148-76

f) Ajax and Meges are summoned by Diomedes, 177-79

II. Visit of the chieftains to the sentinels, 180-93

III. Night council of the Greeks, 194-253

a) Nestor's speech, urging the sending of spies to the Trojan camp, 204-17

b) Diomedes volunteers, but asks for a comrade, 218-26

c) Many volunteer, 227-32

d) Agamemnon bids Diomedes choose among the volunteers, 233-39

e) Diomedes chooses Odysseus, 233-39

f) Odysseue accepts, 248-53

IV. Preparations for the night raid of Diomedes and Odysseus, 254-98

a) Diomedes and Odyssus arm and set out, 254-98

b) Athena sends a favorable omen in form of a heron, the rustle of whose wings is heard in the darkness, 272-76

c) Both Odysseus and Diomedes offer up prayer, 277-94

V. Night council of the Trojans, 299-331

a) Hector calls for a spy to go to the Greek camp, 299-312

b) Dolon volunteers, 313-31

VI. The Doloneia, the nnNight raid of Dolon, 332-37

VII. The capture and death of Dolon, 338-468

VIII. The capture of the horses of Rhesus, 469-525

IX. Return of Diomedes and Odysseus to the Greek camp, 526-79

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