AuthorBurks, Jonathan Phillip
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AbstractThis thesis explores the actions and behaviors of Apollo and his impact on the story of Homer’s Iliad. Apollo’s actions throughout the epic are complex and sometimes strange. I examine Apollo’s words and deeds to determine how he influences the story. Apollo’s character proves not only the catalyst of the poem, but he also plays a necessary role in the outcome of the story. While scholarly focus is predominately directed at the mortal characters, the gods’ individual characterization in the Iliad warrants equal examination. While the bulk of my thesis will be an intense focus on Apollo’s actions, it is important to examine them against some of the actions of the other gods in the epic. My Introduction lays out my methodology and purpose, and analyzes explores the actions of the other major gods of the epic. I focus on gods whose actions either inform, emphasize, or allude to Apollo’s own actions. Chapter 1 explores Apollo in books 1-12 and specifically how he catalyzes the story and his interest in guarding the boundary between men and gods. Chapter 2 analyzes Apollo in books 13-24, especially in his role as agent of fate and Zeus’ will. My summary conclusion emphasizes just how vital and nuanced Apollo is as a character in the Iliad.
Degree ProgramGraduate College