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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. Zeus turns his attention away from the battlefield; meanwhile Poseidon revives the courage of the Greeks, I-124

II. Continuation of the battle at the ships, 125-205

III. The aristeia of Idomeneus, who for a while stays the victorious advance of Hector upon the ships, 2206-672

IV. Hector rallies the Trojans, and at the close of the book is about to take the ships, (end)

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