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In Book 24 the scene between Priam and Achilleus which may also be called The Banquet served as the climax of the poem During this scene a series of events developed themselves to resolve some very important situations in the Iliad Achilleus was returned from his deep sorrow and anger for his dear friend Patroklos Also he realized that it was time to stop his great stubbornness to leave behind his behavior to change The interference from the gods and symbolism were used by Homer throughout the Iliad These techniques very effectively achieved the purpose of Book 24 as being the climatic chapter of the epic Moreover analyzing Book 24 and especially The Banquet more closely and through the course of our in-class discussions it can also be added that role-reversal was another important technique Homer used to finalize the Iliad During the final chapter of the Iliad as throughout the epic interventions from gods played one of the most important roles in virtually every significant event during the course of war the goddess silver-foot Thetisdescended in a flash of speed from the peaks of Olympos p 478 to tell Achilleus that it was the time to stop eating your heart out in sorrow and lamentation p 478 Presumably at the same time as Thetis was speaking with her son Achilleus Iris the messenger from gods went to tell Priam to take some gifts as a ransom and go to Achilleus shelter to take the dead body of his son Hektor These two examples demonstrated that the people obeyed interventions from gods unhesitatingly Even though Achilleus spent days torturing Hektors dead body and he obviously was still in great sorrow and anger he complied with Zeuss will without a second thought Priam in his house after telling his wife that he was about to go to Achilleus disregarded his wifes opinion about his decision telling her that had it been some other
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