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In the middle of Book 9 of Iliad there are six little epic songs which are the speeches of the three ambassadors Odysseus Phoinix and Aias and the reply of Achilleus to each one Trying to persuade Achilleus to rejoin the fighting all three ambassadors give their speeches However it is Phoinix speech that contains the most compelling arguments because his speech is very personal to Achilleus Odysseus is a spokesman for Agamemnon and therefore speaks first because of his rhetorical skills In his speech Odysseus repeats word for word most of Agamemnons earlier speech which mostly consists the list of the gifts that Agamemnon is offering to Achilleus but Odysseus purposely adds a few things from himself Il9 244-246 All this I fear terribly in my heart lest immortals accomplish all these threats and lest for us it be destiny to die here in Troy far away from horse-pasturing Argos What he says is that if Achilleus wont help them the Trojans are going to destroy Achaians ships and they wont be able to go back home and they would die in Troy Then the counselor counts out all the gifts that Agamemnon offers to him The last few lines of the Odysseus speech are his own too He says to Achilleus that if he really hates Agamemnon and he doesnt want to accept his gifts he asks him to take pity on the Achaians because they will honor him as a god if he will help them Il9 300-303 But if the son of Atreus is too much hated in your heart himself and his gifts at least take pity on all the other Achaians who are afflicted along the host and will honour you as a god You may win very great glory among them Achilleus reply to Odysseus is the most powerful speech in the Iliad Achilleus speech is very significant because he says things that
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