Lecture 10 - Book 9. Crucial book to understand the whole...

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Book 9. Crucial book to understand the whole of the Iliad. Wrath. The relationship between Achilles who is unlike everyone else in the world and everybody else. The point of wrath, of anger of that kind, shakes the foundations of the hierarchical order of the men in the war. Homer’s poem presents between the quarrel of Agamemnon and Achilles, it shows the introversion of the war from the Trojan war to fighting between the Achaeans. The big men are paralyzed by this, forced very differently into different kinds of action. Agamemnon is self-pitying as a coward, which is why the Greeks are in peril. They are in a position of being led by someone whom they are ashamed of. This makes them a quasi-shamed society. In this quarrel Diomedes steps in. He has his aresteia, the moment of his preeminence in battle. His valor at that point is contrasted with Achilles’ inactivity and it accomplishes two things. One can see how empty Achilles and Agamemnon’s situations are. Achilles’ personality can also be seen contrasted with Diomedes’ initiative. Diomedes is the
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Lecture 10 - Book 9. Crucial book to understand the whole...

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