Many a brave soul did it send hurrying down to Hades, and many a hero did it yield a prey to dogs and vultures, for so were the counsels of Jove fulfilled from the day on which the son of Atreus, king of men, and great Achilles, first fell out with one another.
Which of the gods set these two to quarrel? Apollothe son of Leto and Zeus, angered by the king, brought an evil The iliad book one on the army, so that the men were dying, for the son of Atreus had dishonoured Chryses the priest.
He it was who came to the swift Achaean ships, to free his daughter, bringing a wealth of ransom, carrying a golden staff adorned with the ribbons of far-striking Apollo, and called out to the Achaeans, above all to the two leaders of armies, those sons of Atreus: Her, I shall not free; old age will claim her first, far from her own country, in Argosmy home, where she can tend the loom, and share my bed.
Silently, he walked the shore of the echoing sea; and when he was quite alone, the old man prayed deeply to Lord Apollothe son of bright-haired Leto: Smintheuswith your arrows make the Greeks pay for my tears. Down he came, in fury, from the heights of Olympuswith his bow and inlaid quiver at his back.
The arrows rattled at his shoulder as the god descended like the night, in anger. He set down by the ships, and fired a shaft, with a fearful twang of his silver bow. First he attacked the mules, and the swift hounds, then loosed his vicious darts at the men; so the dense pyres for the dead burned endlessly.
And when they had assembled, and the gathering was complete, swift-footed Achilles rose and spoke: But why not consult some priest, some prophet, some interpreter of dreams, since dreams too come from Zeusone who can tell why Phoebus Apollo shows such anger to us, because of some broken vow perhaps, or some missed sacrifice; in hopes the god might accept succulent lambs or unmarked goats, and choose to avert our ruin.
He, with virtuous intent, spoke to the gathering, saying: For a king in his anger crushes a lesser man. Even if he swallows anger for a while, he will nurse resentment till he chooses to repay. Consider then, if you can keep me safe. That is why the god, the far-striker, makes us suffer, and will do so, and will not rid the Danaans of loathsome plague, until we return the bright-eyed girl to her father, without his recompense or ransom, and send a sacred offering to Chryse ; then we might persuade him to relent.
First he rounded on Calchas, with a threatening look: What wealth is there in common, now we have shared our plunder from the cities which cannot be reclaimed? Give up the girl, as the god demands, and we Achaeans will compensate you, three or four times over, if Zeus ever lets us sack high-walled Troy.
If not, then I myself will take yours, or seize and keep that of Ajax or Odysseus. But we can ponder all of that later; for now, let us launch a black ship on the shining sea, crew her, and embark creatures for sacrifice and this fair-faced daughter of Chryses too.
One of our counsellors can go as captain, Ajax, Idomeneusnoble Odysseus or you, son of Peleusyou the most redoubtable of men, and make sacrifice and appease far-striking Apollo. Why, you shameless schemer, why should any Achaean leap to obey your orders to march or wage war?
No quarrel with Trojan spearmen brought me here to fight: No horse or cow of mine have they stolen, nor have my crops been ravaged in deep-soiled Phthianurturer of men, since the shadowy mountains and the echoing sea lie between us.
No, for your pleasure, you shameless cur, we followed to try and win recompense, for you and Menelausfrom the Trojans. And you neither see nor care; and even threaten to rob me of my prize, given by the sons of Achaea, reward for which I laboured.
My hands bear the brunt of the fiercest fight, but when the wealth is shared, yours is the greater, while I return, weary with battle, to the ships, with some small fraction for my own. Zeusabove all, the lord of counsel. Of all the god-beloved princes here you are most odious to me, since war, contention, strife are dear to you.
If you are the greatest warrior, well, it was some god I think who granted it. Go home, with your ships and men, and lord it over the Myrmidons: I care naught for you, or your anger. As he pondered this in his mind, his great sword half-unsheathed, Athene descended from the sky, sent by Herathe white-armed goddess, who loved and cared for both the lords alike.
Athene, standing behind the son of Peleus, tugged at his golden hair, so that only he could see her, no one else. Achillesturning in surprise, knew Pallas Athene at once, so terrible were her flashing eyes.The Iliad by Homer, part of the Internet Classics Archive.
Home: Browse and Comment: Search: Buy Books and CD-ROMs Book I Sing, O goddess of Jove fulfilled from the day on which the son of Atreus, king of men, and great Achilles, first fell out with one another.
And which of the gods was it that set them on to quarrel? Homer's Iliad Books BOOK I Sing, O goddess, the anger of Achilles son of Peleus, that brought countless ills upon the and great Achilles, first fell out with one another.
And which of the gods was it that set them on to quarrel? It was the son of Jove and Leto; for he was angry with the king and sent a pestilence upon the host to. The Iliad starts in the tenth year of the war. The point is, now that you know what the "things" are, it's high time we jumped "into the middle of" them!
The first scene of the Iliad finds Chryses, the priest of Apollo (god of the sun and a whole lot of other stuff), approaching the Achaian camp to . These are the very first lines of the Iliad, and they function sort of like a modern movie preview. The art of the movie preview is to give a flavor of what's to come, but not give everything away.
The art of the movie preview is to give a flavor of what's to come, but not give everything away. Classical Texts Library >> Homer, Iliad >> Book 1 HOMER, ILIAD 1 HOMER was a semi-legendary Greek poet from Ionia who the Greeks ascribed with the composition of their greatest epics-- The Iliad and The Odyssey.
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