ENG 208 Paper One-Apollo

ENG 208 Paper One-Apollo - English 208 Apollo God of...

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English 208 Apollo God of Prophecy The Greco-Roman god Apollo is known as the god of prophecy as characterized in The Iliad and Oedipus the King and Ovid’s Metamorphoses . As described in the Homeric poem The Iliad , Apollo prophesized a plague on the Achaean army due to an affront by Agamemnon to Chryses, a priest of Apollo’s. In an attempt to avoid the prophesies of Apollo, Jocasta and King Oedipus’ actions lead to the very thing they fear. Although Apollo is the god of prophecy, his prophecy that the nymph, Daphne, will be his, goes unfulfilled in Metamorphoses . While Apollo’s prophesies are accurate in both The Iliad and Oedipus the King , his powers of prophecy fail him in Metamorphoses when it concerns his own destiny. Apollo, in Homer’s poem The Iliad , is enraged with Agamemnon and rains down a plague on the Achaean army because of the affront to his priest (Makman 455). Agamemnon captures Chryseis, the daughter of Apollo’s priest, in a raid. Chryses, the priest, attempts to ransom his daughter from Agamemnon, with an offer of a golden staff and the wreaths of the god. Brutally, Agamemnon refuses the generous ransom, refuses to release Chryseis, and orders the priest away. After leaving Agamemnon’s presence and moving a safe distance away, the priest prays to Apollo for vengeance (Iliad 1.13-49). Apollo hears the prayers of retribution from his dedicated priest, Chryses. An angry Apollo storms down from Olympus’ peaks with his bow and quiver. As he reaches the Achaean army’s ships, he stops and unleashes arrow after arrow upon Agamemnon’s troops. Apollo rained down arrows of plague night and day. On the tenth day of Apollo’s assault, Achilles
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This note was uploaded on 01/14/2012 for the course ENG 208 taught by Professor Brewington during the Spring '11 term at Piedmont TC.

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