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Agamemnon and Achilles Are Reconciled

  • Date Submitted: 09/24/2012 05:57 PM
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When Achilles learns of the death of Patroclus, he bursts into tears and abases himself. His lament is heard by his mother, Thetis, and she comes with all her Nereids to comfort him. Thetis points out that if Achilles avenges his friend, he himself will be killed, but so great is his love for his friend Patroclus that Achilles the hero is willing to undertake the risk. Upon his request, Thetis promises to procure a new armor for him from the god Hephaestus to replace that which was captured by Hector.
After receiving his new armor, Achilles calls an assembly of the army. Here he announces that his quarrel with King Agamemnon is ended and that he is ready to return to the war. This speech is applauded with great joy by all the troops. Agamemnon then rises and welcomes Achilles back to the army. He says that at the time of their disagreement, he has been blinded and robbed of his wits by Zeus. King Agamemnon states that in compensation to Achilles, he will return to beautiful maiden, Briseis, as well as give him many presents.
Achilles accepts the offer but is more eager to attack the Trojans than to collect gifts. He demands that the army go into action at once. Odysseus sympathizes with him but points out that the troops are tired and hungry and need some time to renew themselves before fighting. Achilles agrees to wait but announces that the troops may eat if they wish, but he is going to fast until Patroclus is avenged.
The troops go off to prepare for battle while Agamemnon sends his indemnity to Achilles. When Briseis sees the dead Patroclus, she begins to weep, for he has been kind to her when she is first captured. Achilles and the other chieftains continue the mourning.
When the troops are once more ready to fight, Achilles put on his splendid new armor. Mounting his chariot, he prepares to lead the army, but first he approaches his horse for allowing Patroclus to be killed. One of them answers, saying that the death is not their fault, but is caused...

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