The Iliad- Section One.

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  • My lord, I have had this terrible dream. In it, our next child was a torch. It burned with hatred. In the end, it burned down Troy.
  • A fortress in Troy. Troy was a large, wealthy city on the eastern side of the Aegean Sea in Asia Minor and what is modern day Turkey. In 1200 B.C was a city ruled by King Priam and Hecuba. It is said that had a love for children, they had at least 50! Their children Hector and Paris, both had important roles to play in the Trojan war. This was a war between the Trojans and Mycenaens that lasted ten long, bloody, and  brutal years. 
  • Yes, my lord. 
  • Ageloas, I have terrible news for you.  My wife has had a dream about Paris, our new son,  being a torch. He must be killed according to the prophets. I can not bear to do this. Will you do this for me?
  • The night before Paris was born, Hecuba was cursed with terrible dreams/ nightmares. In her dream, instead of a healthy boy, she gave birth to flaming torch! In her dream, the torch burned down the city of Troy!
  • I can't believe that this baby has to die. I have to kill him. I can't bring my self to do that. Eureka! I have got it. I will just leave him on the mountains where he is sure to be killed by the wild animals. 
  • King Priam was so disturbed by his wife's recounting of the dream, he decided to ask the prophets for help.  They believed that the dream was a bad omen for the future. They said that they would have to kill the baby to keep Troy safe from the bad dream of it burning down. 
  •  The king was very upset. He knew he had to follow the advice of the prophets. He could not face killing his own son. Instead, he gave the job to Ageloas, his chief herdsman. He told him to take the baby Paris, kill him, and bring back his tongue as proof of his death. 
  • Ageloas then quickly took the baby Paris out to the mountains of Troy. But, Paris was a very beautiful child, and once on the mountain Ageloas could not bring himself to kill him. He decided to leave him on the mountain, where he would certainly be killed by he wild animals. 
  • Agelaos returned to the spot the next day. Much to his surprise, the baby was alive, well, and being cared for by bears. He believed that this was a sign from the gods. In order to meet the kings demand of the tongue of the baby, he found a wild dog, killed it, and took it's tongue. Once the king was convinced that Paris was dead, he took Paris in as his son. He grew up to be a fine young youth.  
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