FOCUS QUESTIONS ON THE ILIAD, BOOKS 1 & 2

FOCUS QUESTIONS ON THE ILIAD, BOOKS 1 & 2 - CLAS-150...

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CLAS-150 Greeks and the West 09/3/07 FOCUS QUESTIONS ON THE ILIAD 1. According to Book 1 in The Iliad , one might think that the Greek army is indeed in more danger than the Trojans themselves. First, Apollo listens to his priest Chryses and grants his wish to curse the Greek army. Apollo rains arrows (plague) upon the Greek army, diminishing both their numbers and their morale. The plague continues for nine days until Agamemnon is rebuked by both Calchas and Achilles and returns Chryses’s daughter to him. Chryses, satisfied with the return of his daughter, lifts his curse from the Greek army and disaster is averted. There is further danger to the Greek army within its own ranks. Agamemnon and Achilles are in the midst of a power-struggle, each trying to prove that he is the one worthy of gifts, fame, and glory. This struggle is extremely damaging to the Greeks. On account of this power struggle, Achilles abandons the Greek army and lets them flounder, in an attempt to prove that he is a necessary part of the Greek
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