Achilles by Tamra Orr

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The Greeks began to lose faith in their battle. Without Achilles to encourage them and lead them confidently into each fight, they grew worried. Finally, Achilles’ lifetime friend and close companion Patroclus had an idea. After berating his friend for having such a vile Minerva Preventing Achilles from Killing Agamemnon, from “The Iliad” by Homer, painted in 1757 by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. Achilles is so angry at Agamemnon for taking Briseis, he wants to kill him. Athena (known to the Romans as Minerva) stops him just in time by grabbing his hair from behind.

Achilles, mourning the death of Patroclus, turns to Thetis as and sky, with lively scenes of she hands him the magnificent armor that cities and feasting and warring was forged by Hephaestus. and farming—far more populous than could possibly fit on a battle shield, unless it were forged by the god of fire. 7 As Achilles’ anger flared once more, he stared at the glorious armor. ”8 Finally, Achilles was ready to fight. indd 33 9/18/08 9:37:04 AM CHAPTER 4 Back Under Control Renouncing his rage once more, Achilles told Agamemnon: “Enough!

Book 22, lines 407– 418, p. 553. 12. , Book 24, lines 590– 591, p. 605. 13. Christopher Marlowe, The Tragical History of Dr. com/marlowe/dr-faustus1604/1/ ACHILLES Chapter 2. Seeking Immortality 1. Statius, Achilleid, translated by J. H. html 2. R. shtml Chapter 3. From Disguise to War 1. Homer, The Iliad, translated by Robert Fagles (New York: Penguin Books: 1990), Book 9, lines 497–505, p. 265. 2. Elder Philostratus, Younger Philostratus, Callistratus, translated by Arthur Fairbanks, Loeb Classical Library, Volume 256 (London, England: William Heinneman, 1931), Book 19, line 408.

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