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S ing O goddess the anger of Achilles son of Peleus that. brought countless ills upon the Achaeans 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, And which of the gods was it that set them on to quar. rel It was the son of Jove and Leto for he was angry with. the king and sent a pestilence upon the host to plague the. people because the son of Atreus had dishonoured Chry. ses his priest Now Chryses had come to the ships of the. Achaeans to free his daughter and had brought with him a. great ransom moreover he bore in his hand the sceptre of. Apollo wreathed with a suppliant s wreath and he besought. the Achaeans but most of all the two sons of Atreus who. were their chiefs, Sons of Atreus he cried and all other Achaeans may. the gods who dwell in Olympus grant you to sack the city. of Priam and to reach your homes in safety but free my. daughter and accept a ransom for her in reverence to Apol. lo son of Jove, On this the rest of the Achaeans with one voice were for. respecting the priest and taking the ransom that he offered. but not so Agamemnon who spoke fiercely to him and sent. him roughly away Old man said he let me not find you. tarrying about our ships nor yet coming hereafter Your. sceptre of the god and your wreath shall profit you nothing. I will not free her She shall grow old in my house at Argos. far from her own home busying herself with her loom and. visiting my couch so go and do not provoke me or it shall. be the worse for you, The old man feared him and obeyed Not a word he spoke. but went by the shore of the sounding sea and prayed apart. to King Apollo whom lovely Leto had borne Hear me he. cried O god of the silver bow that protectest Chryse and. holy Cilla and rulest Tenedos with thy might hear me oh. thou of Sminthe If I have ever decked your temple with gar. lands or burned your thigh bones in fat of bulls or goats. grant my prayer and let your arrows avenge these my tears. upon the Danaans, Thus did he pray and Apollo heard his prayer He came.
down furious from the summits of Olympus with his bow. and his quiver upon his shoulder and the arrows rattled on. his back with the rage that trembled within him He sat him. self down away from the ships with a face as dark as night. and his silver bow rang death as he shot his arrow in the. midst of them First he smote their mules and their hounds. but presently he aimed his shafts at the people themselves. and all day long the pyres of the dead were burning. For nine whole days he shot his arrows among the people. but upon the tenth day Achilles called them in assembly. moved thereto by Juno who saw the Achaeans in their. Free eBooks at Planet eBook com, death throes and had compassion upon them Then when. they were got together he rose and spoke among them. Son of Atreus said he I deem that we should now turn. roving home if we would escape destruction for we are be. ing cut down by war and pestilence at once Let us ask some. priest or prophet or some reader of dreams for dreams. too are of Jove who can tell us why Phoebus Apollo is so. angry and say whether it is for some vow that we have bro. ken or hecatomb that we have not offered and whether he. will accept the savour of lambs and goats without blemish. so as to take away the plague from us, With these words he sat down and Calchas son of Thestor. wisest of augurs who knew things past present and to come. rose to speak He it was who had guided the Achaeans with. their fleet to Ilius through the prophesyings with which. Phoebus Apollo had inspired him With all sincerity and. goodwill he addressed them thus, Achilles loved of heaven you bid me tell you about the. anger of King Apollo I will therefore do so but consider. first and swear that you will stand by me heartily in word. and deed for I know that I shall offend one who rules the. Argives with might to whom all the Achaeans are in sub. jection A plain man cannot stand against the anger of a. king who if he swallow his displeasure now will yet nurse. revenge till he has wreaked it Consider therefore whether. or no you will protect me, And Achilles answered Fear not but speak as it is borne. in upon you from heaven for by Apollo Calchas to whom. you pray and whose oracles you reveal to us not a Dan. aan at our ships shall lay his hand upon you while I yet. live to look upon the face of the earth no not though you. name Agamemnon himself who is by far the foremost of. the Achaeans, Thereon the seer spoke boldly The god he said is an.
gry neither about vow nor hecatomb but for his priest s sake. whom Agamemnon has dishonoured in that he would not. free his daughter nor take a ransom for her therefore has. he sent these evils upon us and will yet send others He will. not deliver the Danaans from this pestilence till Agamem. non has restored the girl without fee or ransom to her father. and has sent a holy hecatomb to Chryse Thus we may per. haps appease him, With these words he sat down and Agamemnon rose in. anger His heart was black with rage and his eyes flashed. fire as he scowled on Calchas and said Seer of evil you. never yet prophesied smooth things concerning me but. have ever loved to foretell that which was evil You have. brought me neither comfort nor performance and now. you come seeing among Danaans and saying that Apollo. has plagued us because I would not take a ransom for this. girl the daughter of Chryses I have set my heart on keep. ing her in my own house for I love her better even than my. own wife Clytemnestra whose peer she is alike in form and. feature in understanding and accomplishments Still I will. give her up if I must for I would have the people live not. die but you must find me a prize instead or I alone among. the Argives shall be without one This is not well for you be. hold all of you that my prize is to go elsewhither. Free eBooks at Planet eBook com, And Achilles answered Most noble son of Atreus covet. ous beyond all mankind how shall the Achaeans find you. another prize We have no common store from which to. take one Those we took from the cities have been awarded. we cannot disallow the awards that have been made already. Give this girl therefore to the god and if ever Jove grants. us to sack the city of Troy we will requite you three and. Then Agamemnon said Achilles valiant though you be. you shall not thus outwit me You shall not overreach and. you shall not persuade me Are you to keep your own prize. while I sit tamely under my loss and give up the girl at your. bidding Let the Achaeans find me a prize in fair exchange. to my liking or I will come and take your own or that of. Ajax or of Ulysses and he to whomsoever I may come shall. rue my coming But of this we will take thought hereafter. for the present let us draw a ship into the sea and find a. crew for her expressly let us put a hecatomb on board and. let us send Chryseis also further let some chief man among. us be in command either Ajax or Idomeneus or yourself. son of Peleus mighty warrior that you are that we may of. fer sacrifice and appease the the anger of the god. Achilles scowled at him and answered You are steeped. in insolence and lust of gain With what heart can any of. the Achaeans do your bidding either on foray or in open. fighting I came not warring here for any ill the Trojans had. done me I have no quarrel with them They have not raid. ed my cattle nor my horses nor cut down my harvests on. the rich plains of Phthia for between me and them there is. a great space both mountain and sounding sea We have. followed you Sir Insolence for your pleasure not ours to. gain satisfaction from the Trojans for your shameless self. and for Menelaus You forget this and threaten to rob me of. the prize for which I have toiled and which the sons of the. Achaeans have given me Never when the Achaeans sack any. rich city of the Trojans do I receive so good a prize as you do. though it is my hands that do the better part of the fighting. When the sharing comes your share is far the largest and. I forsooth must go back to my ships take what I can get. and be thankful when my labour of fighting is done Now. therefore I shall go back to Phthia it will be much better. for me to return home with my ships for I will not stay here. dishonoured to gather gold and substance for you, And Agamemnon answered Fly if you will I shall make. you no prayers to stay you I have others here who will do me. honour and above all Jove the lord of counsel There is no. king here so hateful to me as you are for you are ever quar. relsome and illaffected What though you be brave Was it. not heaven that made you so Go home then with your. ships and comrades to lord it over the Myrmidons I care. neither for you nor for your anger and thus will I do since. Phoebus Apollo is taking Chryseis from me I shall send her. with my ship and my followers but I shall come to your tent. and take your own prize Briseis that you may learn how. much stronger I am than you are and that another may fear. to set himself up as equal or comparable with me, The son of Peleus was furious and his heart within his. shaggy breast was divided whether to draw his sword push. Free eBooks at Planet eBook com, the others aside and kill the son of Atreus or to restrain.
himself and check his anger While he was thus in two. minds and was drawing his mighty sword from its scab. bard Minerva came down from heaven for Juno had sent. her in the love she bore to them both and seized the son. of Peleus by his yellow hair visible to him alone for of the. others no man could see her Achilles turned in amaze and. by the fire that flashed from her eyes at once knew that she. was Minerva Why are you here said he daughter of ae. gis bearing Jove To see the pride of Agamemnon son of. Atreus Let me tell you and it shall surely be he shall pay. for this insolence with his life, And Minerva said I come from heaven if you will hear. me to bid you stay your anger Juno has sent me who cares. for both of you alike Cease then this brawling and do not. draw your sword rail at him if you will and your railing. will not be vain for I tell you and it shall surely be that. you shall hereafter receive gifts three times as splendid by. reason of this present insult Hold therefore and obey. Goddess answered Achilles however angry a man may, be he must do as you two command him This will be best. for the gods ever hear the prayers of him who has obeyed. He stayed his hand on the silver hilt of his sword and. thrust it back into the scabbard as Minerva bade him Then. she went back to Olympus among the other gods and to the. house of aegis bearing Jove, But the son of Peleus again began railing at the son of. Atreus for he was still in a rage Wine bibber he cried. with the face of a dog and the heart of a hind you never. dare to go out with the host in fight nor yet with our cho. sen men in ambuscade You shun this as you do death itself. You had rather go round and rob his prizes from any man. who contradicts you You devour your people for you are. king over a feeble folk otherwise son of Atreus hencefor. ward you would insult no man Therefore I say and swear. it with a great oath nay by this my sceptre which shalt. sprout neither leaf nor shoot nor bud anew from the day. on which it left its parent stem upon the mountains for. the axe stripped it of leaf and bark and now the sons of the. Achaeans bear it as judges and guardians of the decrees of. heaven so surely and solemnly do I swear that hereafter. they shall look fondly for Achilles and shall not find him. In the day of your distress when your men fall dying by the. murderous hand of Hector you shall not know how to help. them and shall rend your heart with rage for the hour when. you offered insult to the bravest of the Achaeans, With this the son of Peleus dashed his gold bestudded. sceptre on the ground and took his seat while the son of. Atreus was beginning fiercely from his place upon the other. side Then uprose smooth tongued Nestor the facile speak. er of the Pylians and the words fell from his lips sweeter. than honey Two generations of men born and bred in Pylos. had passed away under his rule and he was now reigning. over the third With all sincerity and goodwill therefore he. addressed them thus, Of a truth he said a great sorrow has befallen the.
Achaean land Surely Priam with his sons would rejoice and. Free eBooks at Planet eBook com, the Trojans be glad at heart if they could hear this quarrel. between you two who are so excellent in fight and coun. sel I am older than either of you therefore be guided by. me Moreover I have been the familiar friend of men even. greater than you are and they did not disregard my coun. sels Never again can I behold such men as Pirithous and. Dryas shepherd of his people or as Caeneus Exadius god. like Polyphemus and Theseus son of Aegeus peer of the. immortals These were the mightiest men ever born upon. this earth mightiest were they and when they fought the. fiercest tribes of mountain savages they utterly overthrew. rich city of the Trojans do I receive so good a prize as you do though it is my hands that do the better part of the fighting When the sharing comes your share is far the largest and I forsooth must go back to my ships take what I can get and be thankful when my labour of fighting is done Now

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