Supplication Scenes In Homer's Iliad

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Supplication is a term that is used for begging or asking someone to do something in return of something for that person 's own benefit. Supplication scenes are the most striking scenes in the poem Iliad. We can see these scenes in some chapters of the book. In the poem, characters perform their supplications by grasping the person 's knee and sometimes by touching the person 's chin or sometimes by just offering them gifts or ransoms. Achilleus is the most significant character in the poem. He is known for being the best warrior during his time. Achilleus 's supplication scenes are seen throughout the poem. His character can be estimated with these supplication scenes. Achilleus does not accept the gifts or ransoms from his enemies. In chapter …show more content…
Hector killed Achilleus 's best friend, Patroclus, in the battlefield and when Achilleus found this out, he loses his mind and decided to return to the battlefield. With the return of Achilleus, they won the war. Achilleus dragged the dead Hector 's body behind the chariot. Apollo showed pity on Hector and guarded his body so that the body would not be torn out when Achilleus dragged it. God Zeus sent Priam alone to Achilleus 's tent to get Hectors body back by giving ransom to Achilleus. Priam supplicated Achilleus and made him remember his own father and the powerful love between them. Priam supplicated Achilleus by grasping his knees with his arms and also by kissing the hands of …show more content…
These scenes show how much Achilleus respects to Gods, even though he was so angry, he never rejected what gods wanted him to do. He was not planning to return Hector 's body but because Zeus asked him to return it, he did. These scenes also show how honorable Achilleus is. He does not accepts the gifts and ransoms Agamemnon offers him and does not go back to the battlefield because Agamemnon did him wrong. He took Achilleus prize back and wanted to return it for him to return to the battlefield. Even though Achilleus loved Briseus so much, he did not accept his supplication. Honor, respect and live are most important than golds, horses, women and other prizes for Achilleus and chapter nine and twenty four prove

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