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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. Invocation: A prayer to the Muse stating the theme of the epic, 1-7

II. The prophet Chryses requests the release of his daughter, and is harshly refused by Agamemnon, 8-32

III. Chryses prays to Apollo to punish the Greeks. Apollo sends the Greeks a plague, 33-52

IV. The summoning of an assembly by Achilles, 53-67

V. Calchas reveals the cause of the plauge, 68-100

VI. Denunciation of Calchas by Agamemnon

VII. Agamemnon's unreasonable demand, 116-20

VIII. First phrase of the quarrel between Agamemnon and Achilles, 223-47

IX. Intervention of Athena, 188-222

X. Second phrase of the quarrel, 223-47

XI. Nestor's unsuccessful attempt to reconcile Agamemnon and Achilles, 247-84

XII. Third and final phrase of the quarrel, 285-303

XIII. Preparations for the return of Chryseis to her father, 304-17

XIV. The fetching of Briseis from the tent of Achilles, 318-48

XV. Achilles grieves with his mother Thetis, 348-430

XVI. Restoration of Chryseis, 430-87

XVII. The wrath of Achilles, 488-92

XVIII. Supplication of Thetis and promise of Zeus, 493-530

XIX. Quarrel between Zeus and Hera, 531-67

XX. Intervention of Hephaestus, 595-611 (end)

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