Iliad Section 6

Iliad Section 6

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  • The trojan war begins, warriors and princesses assembled, preparing to sail in the battle of Troy. Agamemnon organized the troops to defend his brothers honor and seek revenge. When Achilles heard of the war, he immediately set out for Troy.
  • Chiron presented Achilles with a magic spear that would fight true for only him. Also, Chiron gave Achilles a magic shield covered in ivory and jewels, and tunics and cloaks to protect him against the biting winds. Achilles sought Patroclus (his cousin) to join him on his journey. Achilles loved his cousin more than anyone else in the world.
  • The first man to land was stabbed by Hector, the eldest prince of Troy. This war was to become a long and bloody war. Agamemnon led the bravest of Greeces warriors into battle against Troy. But the Trojans were prepared to fight. They held firm inside the wall city. 
  • The war continued, Achilles and his magic spear won battle after battle. During a bold attack, Achilles met a beautiful princess named Briseis. He fell in love with this enchanting creature but could not make her his wife because she was a Trojan. Instead, he took her back to his camp to be his serving maid.
  • Agamemnon was jealous of the notoriety Achilles was receiving, and soon they had an argument over Briseis. Out of jealousy and spite, Agamemnon pulled rank on Achilles and took Briseis for himself. In anger and despair Achilles stormed off to his tent and removed himself from the war. The future looked bleak for the Greek war effort.
  • First, the greeks refused to believe that such a great warrior would sulk over a trojan woman. Achilles remained in his tent. Soon the Trojans gained the upper hand. Agamemnon and the King of Ithaca, Odysseus, were wounded badly. Even with this news, Achilles would not leave his tent to help save the Greek army.
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