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Homers Iliad is a book about war It was a war between the Greeks and the Trojans around 1100 BC This story is mainly about two warriors Achilleus and Hektor both of them are the greatest in their own country However what makes them heroes of this book Besides their great combat skill I would suggest their way to face their own death distinguished them from other characters in the book In the story Achilleus knew his fate For my mother Thetis the goddess of the silver feet tells me I carry two sorts of destiny toward the day of my death Either if I stay here and fight beside the city of the Trojans my return home is gone but my glory shall be everlasting but if I return home to the beloved land of my fathers the excellence of my glory is gone but there will be a long life left for me and my end of death will not come to me quickly Book IX 410-6 Therefore when Agamemnon sent his embassy Odysseus Phoinix and Aias to ask Achilleus to come back to battle to win the war he refused Agamemnon offered no matter what the offer is Neither do I think the Son of Atreus Agamemnon will persuade me nor the rest of the Danaans Book IX 314-6 It is because he is very afraid of his own death as he told to her mother before he went back to battle Yet I am sadly afraid during this time for the warlike son of Menoitios that flies might get into the wounds beaten by bronze in his body and breed worms in them and these make foul the body seeing that the life is killed in him and that all his flesh may be rotten Book XIX 23-7 However the death of his friend Patroklos changed his mind He decided to go back to
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