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    in battle caused, and Thetis blamed herself for her sons early death. In the ninth book of The Iliad, Agamemnon had…

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    Homer uses this foreknowledge as a device to drive Achilles and motivate his actions. Achilles led the significant Myrmidon contingent of the Achaean fleet of 50 ships. The following is a brief outline of Achilles’ roles in the Iliad. i) Achilles clashes with Agamemnon over the former’s prize, the girl Briseis. ii) Thetis beseeches Zeus to intervene in the war by swaying the outcome in favor of the Trojans; this is on behalf of Achilles, in order to force the Achaeans to make amends to him. iii)…

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    on his honor and pride to have something denied to him. The first scene in The Iliad depicts Achilles wanting to kill Agamemnon for insinuating that he would steal Briseis, a war prize, from Achilles (1.130-317). The rage Achilles flies into had little to do with Briseis herself, but rather that someone would dare to take something that he thought of as his. In short, his pride was wounded. This is exemplified in his prayer to his mother Thetis where he cries that, “‘Olympian Zeus was supposed…

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    original decision to stay in Troy and fight in Book I of the Iliad. When Agamemnon took his concubine, Briseis, away from Achilleus, Achilleus was Humiliated before the entire army because his concubine had been a sign of his glory and prestige. Now that Agamemnon had taken her away, Achilleus realized how easily his glory could be snatched from him. At first, this realization of the ephemeral nature of glory drove Achilleus to apparently alter his decision and go back home to Phthia. His anger…

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    He says that no amount of treasure is worth his life. Many things can be won at war and taken back home but the loss of life is permanent. Life, once it is gone, never comes back. Achilles then mentions the destiny that his mother, Thetis, has conveyed to him. Achilles has two options. He can either choose to head back home and live a long life with no glory or Achilles can stay and fight and live a short life with eternal glory. Achilles 's conscience is heavy. At this point in the epic,…

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    ability to kill relentlessly. This correlates with the Greek code of heroism which is linked to a strictly masculine idea of bravery. However, Achilles wantonly exploits the fact that heroism brings with it unrestrained power. This is illustrated in various instances throughout the epic. One example of this is when Achilles decides to drown twelve innocent Trojans to avenge Patrokolos’ death. Achilles’ arrogance and obstinate behaviour is a catalyst for dictating the entire course of the tenth…

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    my eye is the painting Jupiter and Thetis by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (Getlein, 2016). This painting was inspired from Homer’s Iliad, “The Greek epic of the Trojan War (Getlein, 2016).” Without knowing what it really means you can tell more or less what is happening based off of the artists creativity. From first sight, you can see A man sitting in a throne which depicts royalty. There are two women looking at the man in an almost lustful perspective. There is also an eagle sitting close to…

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    were winning the war. The practice of asking for favors was a widespread tactic used with great avail. Three instrumental occasions in which a favor is asked in The Iliad are between, Chryses and Apollo, Thetis and Zeus, and Thetis and Hephaestus. Chryses was the priest of Apollo residing the town of Chryse. His town was raided and pillaged by the Greek soldiers on their way to Troy. Subsequent to the incursion his daughter, Chryseis, was taken as loot by the Greeks’ commander Agamemnon.…

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    need of her help, Thetis does everything she can to provide Achilles with what he needs. In this instance, it includes traveling to Hephaestus to have custom armour made. Thetis comments, “I am on my way to Olympus heights, to the famous Smith Hephaestus- I pray he’ll give my son some fabulous armor full of the god’s great fire!” (P. 472) As a loving mother, Thetis wants only what is best for Achilles; however, helping her son is also a consolation prize for showing what power she has as a…

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    In this report you will learn all about Achilles and why one mistake, ultimately costed him his life. You will also learn how he befriends his friend Patroclus, how he killed many men, became invincible and so much more, this is the life of Achilles. To begin with, Achilles was born on the island of Phthia, his parents are King Peleus of Phthia and the minor sea goddess Thetis (who was a sea nymph). Achilles was regarded as the most handsome warrior in the Trojan War, he was also the tallest…

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