What does Achilles ask of his mother when Briseis is taken from him, and how does his mother react? When Briseis is taken, Achilles goes to his mother weeping and asks her to go to Zeus to assist the Trojans to surround and overpower the Greeks. Once the Greek soldiers have been killed, they will be able to know and appreciate Agamemnon for what he is, and further allow Agamemnon to see how foolish of him to dishonor Achilles, the best fighter among the Achaeans. When Achilles’ mother heard of her son’s
Kronos decides that Percy is his greatest enemy because Percy stops his plot to destroy Olympus in the first book of the series. Throughout the rest of the series, Kronos always finds ways to try to kill Percy and his friends. Kronos knows Percy is the key to taking down Olympus due to a prophecy from the oracle, therefore Kronos will try to kill Percy at any chance. Kronos and Percy’s fates are intertwined. Kronos is always trying to alter the great prophecy by trying to manipulate and taunt Percy.
Preventing the death of a son and saving the life of a highly esteemed hero are choices that most would make, except for the King of Gods - Zeus. In the Iliad, Zeus does not wish to make those decisions, but is compelled to do so out of his sense of duty. Before being a father and warrior, Zeus was above all the leader of the gods. This means that as the head of the Olympians, Zeus has to be impartial in order to keep the peace of Olympus, which causes him great misery at times. Zeus’ duty as the greatest and most influential god stops him from taking sides in mortal affairs in the Iliad to maintain peace, which parallels the question of whether America’s status as the most powerful and influential country gives them the duty to interfere in
Vergil opens his narrative by immediately delving into the motivations behind Juno’s torment of the Trojans. Juno is depicted to be suffering due to fear that she will lose something dear to her in the future, and thus takes action against the Trojans in an effort to prevent the loss. Vergil narrates that, "There was an ancient city, Carthage.... They say Juno loved this one land above all others.... Yet she’d heard of offspring, derived from Trojan blood, / that would one day
Achilles now has nothing to do but choose his own fate, and fight brutally until he either leaves the battle and achieves nostos, or kills Hector and achieves kleos, while also sealing his own fate to die in the war. However, the ominous threat of his own death does not prevent Achilles from fighting valiantly. He slaughters rapidly and brutally, carving a clear path through the Trojans to Troy and to his own kleos. His incredible aristeia is fueled by a total, overwhelming desire to “meet...that Hector who destroyed the dearest life [he knew]” and kill him in battle (18.135-136). Despite his full awareness that killing Hector will destroy any
Prometheus knew that Zeus wanted to punish humanity, but did not know how he was going to do it exactly. Zeus and other Gods brang Pandora as a gift to Epimetheus. He told Epimetheus that Pandora is a gift from the Gods and will have her as his wife. Epimetheus, regardless of what his brother warned him, accepted the gift from the Gods and took her as his wife. Pandora was a gift to Epimtheus and the box that was given to Pandora was a gift as well.
Moreover, if Artemis can bless humans like Agamemnon with wind,then she could curse those who go against with other natural phenomenon. Evidently, Gods like Artemis achieve legitimacy by invoking fear upon citizens. By achieving legitimacy, Artemis through manipulates Agamemnon into committing heinous acts since she is well-aware Agamemnon’s needs for war. It is apparent the imbalance of power found in the relationship between Gods and humans encourages a behavior that appeases the ruling class: the Gods. Similarly, David tries to appease God in order to benefit from his power.
Agamemnon’s taking of Briseis enrages Achilles and spurs him to remove himself from the war, leading to a massive death toll in the Achaean forces. In stealing Briseis from Achilles, he is not only robbing of him of a material prize, but also a symbol of honor, his geras, in Greek culture. In retaliation, Achilles removes himself from the war and prays to his mother, Thetis, that she will ask Zeus to damage the Achaean forces. Achilles’ only goal is that “even mighty Atrides can see how mad he was to disgrace Achilles” (1.488-490). Despite having no true grievance against the Achaean army as a whole, Achilles’ rage blinds him from the potential harm that may befall his troops.
He has always pursued traditional goals familiar to Homer’s world and to many places in ours: help friends, harm enemies, earn honor for success in battle. Enraged by the tribunal’s failure to acknowledge his supreme martial skill, Ajax tries to murder all of the Greek leaders. After regaining his senses, Ajax makes this speech, which has the effect of misleading listeners into thinking that Ajax intends to soften and accept the tribunal’s decision, yet he claims that the Greek leaders are aiming to be more powerful than they should be. Ajax says “In future, then, we’ll know to yield to the gods / And learn how to revere the sons of Atreus” (666-667). For self-preservation, Ajax says that one should revere the gods and yield to the Greek leaders, but Ajax emphasizes the power-grabbing by reversing the verbs “yield”, and “revere.” Ajax realizes that the Greek kings, Agamemnon and Menelaus, are the ones who have power over the group consensus, and are therefore the ones responsible for handing the armor to
But, this omen that Zeus sends is a false one, as he sends a message to Troy about the Achaians’ plan, so that the Trojans can defeat them. Instead of fighting the two sides duel, but the duel ends inconclusive. In book eight, Zeus forbids the gods from participating in the war. This ban on intervention allows Zeus to direct the war against the Greeks as he promised the Achilleus. To accomplish this, he sends lighting and thunder to scare the Achaians, who then flee from the Trojans.
Tell me, Muse, of the twins Apollo and Artemis who were driven by devotion to protecting their mother Leto. Of how Apollo driven by insanity sought to create destruction Of humanity, and of the many pains he caused for vengeance. Even so, mad crazed Apollo would not stop until the Light Bearer, Athena, intervened before the sun god Was destroyed by his own impulsiveness, leaving the Earth Shrouded in forever darkness. Twins born from the king of Gods and a daughter of the Titans. Leto, among the favorites of Zeus’ lovers, caught the eye Of the infuriated Hera, who sought to push Leto out of Olympus.