The Iliad by Homer – Book 9

The Iliad by Homer – Book 9

  • Panic set in overnight for the Greeks.
    • Agamemnon with tears in his eyes – Jove promised me the sacking of Troy but it’s obvious he was lying. Let’s go home
  • The men felt sad but then Diomed spoke
    • Diomed – Just the other day you called me a coward in front of everyone and now you’re the one packing it in. I can’t believe it. I’m going to carry on with or without you (Lots of applause)
  • Nestor spoke – You’ve showed yourself to be a great fighter, however, I think the king should listen to wisdom and experience. Before we make any hasty decisions. Let’s eat a nice meal and think it over.
  • The sentinels were in place, fires were lit and they ate dinner.
  • Agamemnon ate with his advisors and Nestor spoke to them:
    • Nestor – Jove has given you that scepter to speak with wisdom and righteousness for your people. You ought to listen to advice worth listening to. I am that man. You made your first mistake in taking Achilles’s girl, Briseis from him. But you were too proud to listen to advice. You’ve dishonored our best soldier. We ought to make it up to him.
  • Agamemnon – You’re right. I was wrong. It seems the reason that Jove is helping the Trojans is because I’ve dishonored Achilles. I’ll do whatever it takes to make it up to him. Money, treasure, honor, women, whatever. Even the nicest Lesbians and Briseis. I’d do anything to take Troy. We can divvy up the profits and he can take well above his fair share of it. The next 20 prettiest girls besides Helen. I will let him marry any one of my 3 daughters and given him 7 of the nicest cities to rule over, where he’ll be treated like a god. All of this for him to change his mind.
  • Nestor – That was better than I was expecting. Let’s go make this happen!
  • They had a prayer to Jove in hope that he could convince Achilles to change his mind
  • The messengers – Ulysses and Ajax found Achilles playing his lyre to Patroclus
    • Achilles – This must be important… sit down and have a drink and a bite to eat
    • Ulysses – Thank you. But things are going badly without you. The Trojans are destroying us. Jove’s been throwing around lightning bolts. Hector’s a beast.
      • Remember how your father sent you here to help Agamemnon and said to let Juno and Minerva check your temper and not to get into any fights. But it seems like you’ve forgotten all that.
      • Agamemnon – would like to make it up to you. He’ll give you many things, including Briseis, the source of all this fighting, if you’ll support the cause of attacking Troy to win. He’ll give you money, one of his daughters. You may even kill Hector, the biggest man out there. Please come over to our side
    • Achilles answered – No matter what, I hate Agamemnon. The problem is that I get no thanks in my fighting. Cowards and heroes are the same as long as it suits his needs. I’ve proven my courage and skill in battle and if it didn’t suit him at that moment, he’d tear me a new asshole. But he gave out honors to smaller fighters who did less and mattered less. He took the only thing I cared about, Briseis. He’s only coming around begging for me to come back because he’s losing, not because he’s ashamed of his behavior toward me. Ulysses, if he wants heroes, he can start with you because they’ve already built the wall and drawn the Trojans out of their city. I have more against Agamemnon than Hector. I’ve finished with him. I’m setting sail for home tomorrow. He’s far too gone and I won’t have any part of it. No amount of money will change my mind
      • Thetis tells me I will die in 1 of 2 ways
        • 1 – Go home, stay poorly known and live a long life
        • 2 – Say here, fight, die and have my glory live forever
      • I’m just as fine with the 1st as the second. Ulysses, I would suggest you do the same.
  • It was quiet and the knight, Phoenix spoke
    • Phoenix – if you’re leaving, I have to go too. Your father told me to come here, train you and educate you. Your father took me in when I was banished from home for seducing his concubine. As a punishment, I was blinded and made infertile. Your father made me king of Dolopia. I am the one who raised you as my own son, since I couldn’t have one. I will ask you to defeat your own pride. We all have done terrible things to overcome. Even if we appease the gods, we still have many hardships to overcome in ourselves. Prayers to Jove are only answered when it suits him. If you have pity for Jove’s daughter, they will listen to you. But if you don’t, they will ask Jove to do horrible things to you. Respect the gods BUT remember, Agamemnon wouldn’t offer you all he’s got if he were truly angry with you. You were right to be upset but he’s trying to make it up to you. If you wait too long, it might be too late to survive this thing. Your people will wonder why you did nothing in this battle – purely out of pride.
  • Achilles – It doesn’t matter what he offers. My answer is “No!”
  • Patroclus asked them to leave.
  • Ajax said something to him as they were leaving
    • Ajax – I see our trip was in vain. I believe we’ve got our answer. Achilles doesn’t give a shit about us. He’s too hard of heart. Silly, all of this over a girl. We promised him 1,000,000 x more and he still won’t fight. Let’s go.
  • Achilles answered – Ajax, I can’t get over how badly Agamemnon treated me. Just let him know I’m leaving
  • They got back to camp and slept.
  • Agamemnon heard from his messengers and asked – Will he burn our ships or will he move on? Is he still that upset?
  • Ulysses – He’s still that upset. He won’t burn our ships. He’s just going to go home with his ships. He’s asked Jove to protect Troy. Phoenix is following him.
  • Diomed – I think this whole episode has played into his vanity. So, we must get over it and focus on our own cause.

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