The Illiad

By: Kristen Day and Kamryn Dickey

Fate and Free Will!

This story is an epic(a really long poem). The Illiad is based in Greece between 750 and 650 B.C.  This epic is by Homer.Nine years after the start of the Trojan War, the Greek (Achaean) army sacks Chryse(a Greek figure). During the battle, the Achaeans captured two beautiful maidens, Chryseis and Briseis. Agamemnon, the leader of the Achaean's, takes Chryseis as his prize, and Achilles, the Achaeans’ greatest warrior, claimed Briseis. Chryseis’s father, who served as a priest of (the god) Apollo, offers an enormous ransom in return for his daughter, but Agamemnon refused to give Chryseis back. Chryses then prays to Apollo, who then sent a plague upon the Achaean camp.With Zeus supporting the Trojans and Achilles refusind to fight, the Achaeans suffered great losses. Several days of fierce conflict followed, including duels between Paris and Menelaus and between Hector and Ajax.

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