Explication #2 - Line Explication#2 A stunned silence...

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Line Explication #2 A stunned silence seized them all, struck dumb— Zeus’s ringing pronouncements overwhelmed them so. But finally clear-eyed Athena rose and spoke: “Our Father, son of Cronus, high and mighty, We already know your power, far too well… Who can stand against you? Even so, we pity these Argive spearmen Living out their grim fates, dying in blood. Yes, we’ll keep clear of the war as you command. We’ll simply offer the Argives tactics that may save them— So they won’t all fall beneath your blazing wrath.” (8.32-42) In this passage, Zeus has just got done telling all of the other gods to stop meddling in the war. Athena is trying to convince him to let her and Hera at least advise the Achaeans so that not all of them will die. Zeus has been terrorizing the Achaeans since he weighed their fate against the Trojans. He is also doing this to make good on his promise to Achilles’ mom. Previously, Thetis asked Zeus to make the Achaean army need Achilles. She asked him to drive the Achaean army back to their ships so that they would see how much better they were with Achilles.
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