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The scene opens on the last year of the Trojan war The war had raged for ten years with the invading Greeks fighting against Troy Apollo has sent a plague to the Greeks because Agamemnon king and leader of the Greeks dishonored a daughter of Apollos priest When the reason for the plague is discovered Agamemnon becomes angry and defiant unhappy to give the daughter back to her father to appease Apollo Achilles a superior Greek warrior challenges Agamemnons arrogance but Agamemnon turns his anger to Achilles and demands that Achilles give a slave girl to him as a compensation Achilles fills with rage but Athena Goddess of Wisdom calms both men down so that they do not fight with swords Instead they argue and Achilles withdraws from the Greek camp refusing to fight until Agamemnon apologizesMeanwhile on Olympus the home of the gods the gods are taking sides in the conflict Aphrodite persuades Zeus to give glory to the Trojans if only temporarily Zeus agrees which angers his wife Hera who favors the Greeks Many Greek leaders want to abandon the war against Troy because they are wearyThis is not the will of Zeus and so he sends a false message in dream form to Agamemnon encouraging him to fight and promising him an easy victoryAgamemnon asks the warriors if they want to leave hoping for a rallying answer but instead all of them start heading for their ships Odysseus a clever warrior makes a speech and motivates the Greeks to stay and fight Paris the beautiful and cowardly son of the Trojan king Priam starts to boast and defies any Greek to fight him Menelaus brother of Agamemnon takes this boast Both sides agree to a truce and the winner of this single combat will win the war Paris is overmatched but he is saved by divine intervention by Aphrodite The truce becomes tense and is broken by Pandarus Athena assists in helping
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