Loyalty By Homer 's Iliad, An Epic Poem Of The Trojan War Essay

1247 Words Oct 14th, 2015 5 Pages
Loyalty manifests itself in abiding by a specific, moral code of conduct of a society, a group, or relationship. Loyalty also means having the moral strength to be true to a person or an ideal. Thousands of years ago the ancient Greeks held fast and true to their beliefs and to the cast of characters that populated their pantheon of human-like gods. Homer’s Iliad, an epic poem of the Trojan War, shows the Greeks’ value of loyalty to their gods, their military, and to their family.
In the beginning books of the story, the reader is shown the extent of the gods’ influence in decision-making of the Greeks. For example, in the first book, Chryses, the priest of the god Apollo, prays to Apollo to release his abducted daughter, Briseis, from the hands of king Agamemnon. Soon after, Briseis is freed from captivity; but it isn’t the moral conscience of Agamemnon’s heart that caused her to be freed, but the will and desire of the god Apollo. Odysseus says, “Chryses, the lord of men Agamemnon sent me here / to bring your daughter back and perform a sacrifice, / a grand sacrifice to Apollo--for all Achaea’s sake— / so we can appease the god […]” (Book 1. 527-530). This excerpt shows that the Achaeans (Greeks) respected their gods, and wished to redeem themselves of wrongs through sacrifice and prayers so as to be in the gods’ favor. A bit further along in the story, in the second book, Agamemnon and the rest of the Achaeans make a sacrifice to Zeus in an attempt to please and…

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