The Iliad by Homer – Book 19

The Iliad by Homer – Book 19

  • Thetis brought him the armor at dawn.
    • Thetis – You’ve got to stop crying like that I’ve brought you the best armor ever made. Make good use of it
    • Achilles – I like it. I’ll wear it but I’m afraid the flies will spoil Patroclus’s body
    • Thetis – Don’t you worry about that. Just go make up with Agamemnon
  • She put ambrosia on the body to protect it.
  • Achilles addressed the whole of the Greek army
    • Achilles – I log for the time that this fight over Briseis was what bothered me. The Trojans have been profiting over the spat between me and Agamemnon. Let’s call the Greeks to battle. I’ll be joining you today.
    • The Greeks cheered
  • Agamemnon – Jove and his crew are to blame for this. There’s no malice or rancor between Achilles and me. Something must have come over Jove to make us suffer. Now I’ll just give him everything I had promised him.
  • Achilles – You don’t have to worry about all that. That’s not important now. Let’s just kill any Trojan we find.
  • Ulysses – Before we fight, we ought to eat breakfast. Agamemnon can have those gifts presented to Achilles and swear he hasn’t touched Briseis
  • Achilles wasn’t interested in this and insisted on fighting straight away. He wanted revenge right then and there.
  • The gifts were paraded out before Achilles as they ate.
  • The meal ended and the gifts were taken back to the ship
  • The captive girls all mourn Patroclus’s death more than the death of their husbands.
  • Agamemnon and other leaders tried to get Achilles focused.
  • Juno tells Minerva to go make sure he has something to eat. Minerva peps him up with a bit of ambrosia for his strength
  • He put on his new armor piece by piece while he and everyone else admired it
  • His horses Xanthus, promised to do his best even though Achilles is doomed.
  • Achilles understand that but wants revenge anyway

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