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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. The Trojans reach the trench; prophecy of the future destruction of the wall and trench, I-33

II. Continuation of the battle; since the horses fear to cross the trench, Polydamas advises an attack on foot, 34-79

III. The Trojans attack in five divisions, 80-107

IV. The Asios episode (ending inconclusively), 108-74

V. Various heroes continue the assault upon the wall, 175-94

VI. The omen of the Eagle and the serpent and its interpretation, 195-229

VII. The patriotic outburst of Hector, 230-50

VIII. Hector and the Trojans Attack; the Ajaxes and the Greeks resist, 251-89

IX. The attack of Sarpedon and the Lycians, 290-431

X. Hector at last passes the wall, 432-71

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