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Unformatted text preview: Lecture 8 09/24/09 Negotiations with Achilles • Phoenix’s appeal: Achilles is sympathetic when Phoenix claims that rage has overpowered Achilles. • A rare moment: A warrior (Phoenix) bursts into tears. Achilles must decide whether to stay or sail home. • Ajax said that he knows when to leave; he sees that Achilles is hard-headed and says it is time to leave. • Ajax calls him a “hard, ruthless man”, says the gods put “a fury in his chest” and asks him to “put some human kindness in your heart and have some respect for your heart”. • Achilles’ rage towards Agamemnon seems to be an insurmountable obstacle in their negotiations. Achilles rejoins • Book 21, Patroklos decided to go back into battle and was killed by Hector p.85-86. Achilles ruthlessly killed Lycaon , a son of Priam. Lycaon’s plea—“Achilles, I am at your knees. Respect my position, have mercy upon me. I am in the place, illustrious, of a suppliant who must be honored… Do not kill me. I am not from the same womb as Hector, he who killed your powerful and kindly companion.” •...
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- Fall '08
- Greek Mythology, Priam