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The Illiad is a story that deals with a small part of the Trojan War The cause of this war is when Paris the prince of Troy sailed to Sparta seduced and abducted Helen and returned to Troy When Menelaos discovered that his wife was gone he gathered a number of Greek generals together to go with him conquer Troy and retrieve his wife However the Illiad only covers a few months during the tenth year of the war In this time many important events took place that could have possibly altered the outcome of this historic eventTwo beautiful women whom were enemies of the Achaians are captured during one of the many raids the army had on Troy One of the women named Chryseis is the prize for Ahomemnon the king and commander-in chief of the Achaians But Chryseis father Chryses wants his daughter back Chryses whom was the priest God of Apollo is hoping to go to the Achaian camp and claim his daughter Unfortunately this plan did not work out And because of this Chryses prays to Apollo for help Apollo did in fact help the old man by spreading a deadly plague through the Achaian army killing hundreds of them After days of this the Achaians most honored soldier Achilles calls a meeting to determine the cause of the plague A soothsayer of the Achaians determines that King Agamemnons arrogance caused the plague by not returning the woman whom was captured to be his war prize After finding this out the woman is returned but Agamemnon takes Briseis whom was the prize captured for Achilles Achilles is angry and publicly insulted so therefore he refuses to fight for the Achaians and withdrawals his troops He then requests to his mother Thetis a sea nymph to influence Zeus to help the Trojans defeat the Achaians The leader of the Gods promises Thetis that he will help Zeus sends a dream to
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