Illiad - Shamuel Borukhov (36318093) Rec: Wed 2pm The Iliad...

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Shamuel Borukhov (36318093) Rec: Wed 2pm The Iliad The Iliad, by Homer, begins with the capture of Chryseis and Briseis who are each respectively claimed by commander and warrior of the Achaean army, Agamemnon and Achilles. Therefore this causes Chryse to pray for the aid of the God Apollo for the amount of pain he suffered due to this capture (Illiad p.60). As a result Apollo unleashes a plague on the base of the Achaean army which lasts for several days. In return Achilles makes the request to return Chryseis in order to stop the plague from destroying the Achaean army. This however does not settle well with the commander of the army Agamemnon. The conflict between Agamemnon and Achilles illustrates how detrimental Achaeans pride can be. Agamemnon states “Even as Apollo is taking away my Chrysesis, I shall convey her back in my own ship, with my own followers, but I shall take the fair cheeked Briseis, your prize” (Illiad p. 64). This request by Agamemnon is absurd in its nature and only serves to make
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This note was uploaded on 08/08/2011 for the course UNL 101 taught by Professor Tyson during the Spring '11 term at SUNY Albany.

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Illiad - Shamuel Borukhov (36318093) Rec: Wed 2pm The Iliad...

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