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phenomenon as it applies to Achilles and Hector, as the respective pre- eminent status of the Olympian gods in relation to the non-Olympians in Homeric. Achilles prays to his divine mother, Thetis, and asks her to persuade Zeus to make Helen joins Priam on the walls of Troy and names the Achaean warriors for him. At a council of the gods on Mount Olympos, Zeus considers bringing the. The poem ''The Iliad'' by Homer tells of the Trojan War, which involved both people and gods. The hero Achilles disfigured the body of his enemy Hector.
Achilles had chased down wild animals on his own two feet, for not only was he a great warrior and very beautiful, he was also the fastest man alive. Menelaus could see that both Clytaemnestra and her daughter were pleased with the match, but he also understood his brother's tears. Iphigeneia had always been his favourite. He would be sorry to lose her. In fact, the wedding was merely a ruse to persuade Clytaemnestra to bring her daughter to Aulis. For Artemis, who owned the bay of Aulis, had demanded a sacrifice from Agamemnon before she would release a wind to fill the fleet's sails.
The sacrifice she had demanded was Agamemnon's favourite daughter. Clytaemnestra would never forgive her husband for turning Iphigeneia's wedding day into a day of bitter mourning. But the gods had not enjoyed human sacrifices since the age of Cronus. Artemis was just testing Agamemnon's resolve. When Agamemnon thought he was slitting his daughter's white throat, he was really slaughtering a deer.
Iphigeneia herself had been spirited away by the goddess to become her priestess among the people who inhabit the northern shores of the Black Sea, the people known as Taurians. When the fleet arrived at Troy, the Trojans were expecting them.
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The Greeks dropped anchor some way off the beach and waited in their ships, even Achilles, for it had been prophesied that the first to land on Trojan soil would be the first to die and Achilles had yet to make a name for himself that would outlive his time on the planet. One man, Protesilaus, leapt off his ship nevertheless and charged at the beach, though he had joined the expedition the day after his wedding, after a single night of marital bliss.
Protesilaus was cut down by Priam's son Hector and dispatched to the halls of Hades. But when she heard the news, his young wife could not accept his death and made an image of him and took it to her bed. And the gods, feeling pity for her, allowed Protesilaus to return from the underworld for one more night. Then, when Hermes came next morning to take Protesilaus back to Hades, his wife could not bear this second separation, nor did the image of him console her any more, and so she burned it and threw herself on the bonfire too, anxious to join her newlywed husband if only in the land of the shades.
Now that Protesilaus had fulfilled the prophecy, the Greeks took heart and leapt off their ships, determined to break through the ranks of the Trojans. One man, above all, prevented them: Cycnus, son of the sea god Poseidon, whose body and hair were snowy white, and who was quite naked, having no need of armour. Like the Nemean lion, his skin was invulnerable to metal. Consequently, Eos will not let the sun rise, until Zeus persuades her.
The fight between Achilles and Memnon over Antilochus echoes that of Achilles and Hector over Patroclus, except that Memnon unlike Hector was also the son of a goddess. Many Homeric scholars argued that episode inspired many details in the Iliad's description of the death of Patroclus and Achilles' reaction to it.
The episode then formed the basis of the cyclic epic Aethiopiswhich was composed after the Iliad, possibly in the 7th century BC.
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The Aethiopis is now lost, except for scattered fragments quoted by later authors. Achilles and Patroclus[ edit ] Main article: Achilles and Patroclus Achilles tending Patroclus wounded by an arrow, Attic red-figure kylixc. In the Iliad, it appears to be the model of a deep and loyal friendship. Homer does not suggest that Achilles and his close friend Patroclus were lovers. In 5th-century BC Athens, the intense bond was often viewed in light of the Greek custom of paiderasteia.
In Plato's Symposium, the participants in a dialogue about love assume that Achilles and Patroclus were a couple; Phaedrus argues that Achilles was the younger and more beautiful one so he was the beloved and Patroclus was the lover. Death[ edit ] The death of Achilles, as predicted by Hector with his dying breath, was brought about by Paris with an arrow to the heel according to Statius. In some versions, the god Apollo guided Paris' arrow. Some retellings also state that Achilles was scaling the gates of Troy and was hit with a poisoned arrow.
All of these versions deny Paris any sort of valour, owing to the common conception that Paris was a coward and not the man his brother Hector was, and Achilles remained undefeated on the battlefield. His bones were mingled with those of Patroclusand funeral games were held. He was represented in the Aethiopis as living after his death in the island of Leuke at the mouth of the river Danube.
Dying Achilles Achilleas thniskon in the gardens of the Achilleion Another version of Achilles' death is that he fell deeply in love with one of the Trojan princesses, Polyxena. Achilles asks Priam for Polyxena's hand in marriage.
Priam is willing because it would mean the end of the war and an alliance with the world's greatest warrior. But while Priam is overseeing the private marriage of Polyxena and Achilles, Paris, who would have to give up Helen if Achilles married his sister, hides in the bushes and shoots Achilles with a divine arrow, killing him.
In the Odyssey, Agamemnon informs Achilles of his pompous burial and the erection of his mound at the Hellespont while they are receiving the dead suitors in Hades.
In Book 11 of Homer's OdysseyOdysseus sails to the underworld and converses with the shades.
One of these is Achilles, who when greeted as "blessed in life, blessed in death", responds that he would rather be a slave to the worst of masters than be king of all the dead. But Achilles then asks Odysseus of his son's exploits in the Trojan war, and when Odysseus tells of Neoptolemus' heroic actions, Achilles is filled with satisfaction. Fate of Achilles' armour[ edit ] Ajax carries off the body of Achilles, Attic black-figure lekythos from Sicily c. They competed for it by giving speeches on why they were the bravest after Achilles to their Trojan prisoners, who after considering both men, decided Odysseus was more deserving of the armour.
Furious, Ajax cursed Odysseus, which earned him the ire of Athena.
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Athena temporarily made Ajax so mad with grief and anguish that he began killing sheep, thinking them his comrades. After a while, when Athena lifted his madness and Ajax realized that he had actually been killing sheep, Ajax was left so ashamed that he committed suicide.
Odysseus eventually gave the armour to Neoptolemusthe son of Achilles. A relic claimed to be Achilles' bronze-headed spear was for centuries preserved in the temple of Athena on the acropolis of PhaselisLycia, a port on the Pamphylian Gulf.
The city was visited in BC by Alexander the Greatwho envisioned himself as the new Achilles and carried the Iliad with him, but his court biographers do not mention the spear. At some point in the war, Achilles and Ajax were playing a board game petteia. The cult of Achilles is illustrated in the BC Polyxena sarcophaguswhere the sacrifice of Polixena near the tumulus of Achilles is depicted. The Ilienses perform sacred ceremonies in honour of them all, and even of Ajax. But they do not worship Herculesalleging as a reason that he ravaged their country.
Early dedicatory inscriptions from the Greek colonies on the Black Sea graffiti and inscribed clay disks, these possibly being votive offeringsfrom Olbia, the area of Berezan Island and the Tauric Chersonese  attest the existence of a heroic cult of Achilles  from the sixth century BC onwards. In the following chapter of his book, Pliny refers to the same island as Achillea and introduces two further names for it: The "present day" measures, he gives at this point, seem to account for an identification of Achillea or Leuce with today's Snake Island.
A second exploration in showed that the construction of a lighthouse had destroyed all traces of this temple. A fifth century BC black-glazed lekythos inscription, found on the island inreads: The Periplus of the Euxine Sea c. It is said that the goddess Thetis raised this island from the sea, for her son Achilles, who dwells there. Here is his temple and his statue, an archaic work.
This island is not inhabited, and goats graze on it, not many, which the people who happen to arrive here with their ships, sacrifice to Achilles.
In this temple are also deposited a great many holy gifts, craters, rings and precious stones, offered to Achilles in gratitude. One can still read inscriptions in Greek and Latin, in which Achilles is praised and celebrated. Achilles is the most dominant, and among the warriors in the Trojan War he has the most fame.
Patroclus performs duties such as cooking, feeding and grooming the horses, yet is older than Achilles. Both characters also sleep with women; see Iliad, IX. Achilles' attachment to Patroclus is an archetypal male bond that occurs elsewhere in Greek culture: Alexander the Great and Hephaestion who made symbolic public references to Achilles and Patroclus, Damon and PythiasOrestes and PyladesHarmodius and Aristogeiton are pairs of comrades who gladly face danger and death for and beside each other.
Halperin writes, Homer, to be sure, does not portray Achilles and Patroclus as lovers although some Classical Athenians thought he implied as much Aeschylus fragmentsRadt; Plato Symposium e—b; Aeschines Against Timarchus—50but he also did little to rule out such an interpretation. In Athens, the relationship was often viewed as being loving and pederastic,  although these roles were anachronistic for the Iliad.
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The Greek custom of paiderasteia between members of the same-sex, typically men, was a political, intellectual, and sometimes sexual relationship. The age difference between partners and their respective roles either active or passive was considered to be a key feature. Phaedrus argues that Aeschylus erred in claiming Achilles was the erastes because Achilles was more beautiful and youthful than Patroclus characteristics of the eromenos as well as more noble and skilled in battle characteristics of the erastes.
Further evidence of this debate is found in a speech by an Athenian politician, Aeschines, at his trial in BC. Aeschines, in placing an emphasis on the importance of paiderasteia to the Greeks, argues that though Homer does not state it explicitly, educated people should be able to read between the lines: According to William A. Percy IIIthere are some scholars, such as Bernard Sergentwho believe that in Homer's Ionian culture there existed a homosexuality that had not taken on the form it later would in pederasty.
Sergent asserts that ritualized man-boy relations were widely diffused through Europe from prehistoric times. Aristarchus believed that Homer did not intend the two to be lovers.