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In trying to persuade Achilleus to rejoin the fighting who makes the most compelling arguments Odysseus Phoinix Aias The messengers found Achilleus in his camp playing a lyre and singing about mans fame Its important that Homer showed Achilleus as a musician who sings a little epic song within a big epic that is Iliad As the messengers arrived they received a warm welcome from Peleus son who said to them Welcome You are my friends who have come and greatly I need you who even to this my anger are the dearest of all the Achaians Il2197-199 After the supper Odysseus first makes a speech to Achilleus First he tries to pity Achilleus by telling him the current situation on the battlefield how Achaians started loosing their battles after Achilleus left Agamemnon camp The Trojans in their pride they have set up on encampment close by the ships and the rampart and lit many fires along their army and think no longer of being held but rather to drive in upon the black shipsIl9232-235 Then Odysseus reminds Achilleus of his father Peleus advice to control your passion though and your proud heart for courtesy is a better thing Il2312-13 Odysseus brings up Achilleus father into his speech because most of the people pick their parents as role models And to make his argument sound even better Odysseus gives Achilleus a list presents that Agamemnon offered to Achilleus as a compensation for dishonoring him Achilles s reply is the most powerful speech in the Iliad He refuses reconciliation outright Give in to Agamemnon I think not Il2385 To this point he has been a simple hero embodying the qualities of the heroic age the heroic code in which men treated their lives as of less significance than their honor The reason that Achilleus embodies the heroic code is that a brave warrior like him when awarded with prize after battle should keep
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