Agamemnon And Trojans In The Iliad

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According to text, “The Mycenaean’s were aggressive people who enjoyed fighting, hunting and athletic contests,” this does not come to a surprise that the Greeks would not jump to the chance to defeat an enemy; especially under the circumstances of the Trojan War. The Greeks and Trojans were followers of the immortal gods, that loved war, and did not believe that they would be defeated.

The heroes in the Iliad are fighting over Helen, the wife of the Menelaus king. After Helen had been promised to the prince of troy by Aphrodite; Paris, the Prince of Troy, had taken Helen away to Troy. Angered, her husband had begun gathering an army to bring her back to him with the help of this dear brother. Successfully, Menelaus had gathered enough Greeks
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Agamemnon, being selfish in his own mistakes; removes Achilles wife of honor for sacrifice instead of his own wife, bringing dispute between Agamemnon and his greatest, godlike warrior. The arguments between Agamemnon and Achilles escalated quickly; Achilles stated, “By the staff I am holding in my hands, I swear before you a might oath. When hundreds of Greeks fall to their deaths before man slaying Hector and you cannot defend them, all the Greeks will long for Achilles’ help. Then you will sorrow in your heart, knowing that by refusing to honor the best of the Greeks, you have caused their destruction. “Nestor, attempting to deescalate the dispute, mentioned the powers and strength of Agamemnon and advised Agamemnon to return Briseis to Achilles, however; Agamemnon declined and set forth with his plan. The circumstances in which Achilles would join the battle, “I will not join the fighting until Hector brings fire to my own ships, and there I will stop …show more content…
In an attempt to wrong the right done to Achilles; Agamemnon offers Achilles gifts of great women and loot. Yet, even offered the greatest of the great, Achilles declines the gifts as he wanted his wife returned and felt that Agamemnon intended to spite him. After Patroclus had spoken with Achilles, he had sent his dear friend to battle in his own armor. In spite of the wise words spoken by Achilles; Patroclus had been fueled by bloodshed and continued after the Trojans. Thus, Hector slays him and the battle begins over the body of Patroclus in a barbaric manor. Once hearing the slaying his dear friend, he declares to join war and set aside all other disputes over his prize of honor to kill Hector. Although Achilles mother had spoken to him of his fate, he wished to die and went forth to battle. As Achilles entered into battle, his skill in battle pushed the Trojans back and showed no mercy to any Trojans. Athena, kind to the Greeks, deceives Hector and promotes a battle between the two men. Finally, after a game of chase, Hector is slain by Achilles— as he slit the throat of Hector. Later to follow, the deaths of Achilles came, along with Paris and the final defeat of Troy due to the intelligence of the

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