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Despite the grand scope of Homers epics--which present warfare heroism adventure and divinity as forces that shape human destinyThe Iliad may be seen as an account of the circumstances that irrevocably alter the life of one man Achilles greatest of warriors Through the course of the poem Achilles goes through many ordeals which changes his character immensely One example of such a character change is when he is quarreling with Agamemnon Achilles and Agamemnon have an extreme amount of tension building between the both of them Apollo has been wiping out the Achaean army for nine days years because of a priests daughter who has been kidnapped Through some questioning it is derived that the only way Apollo will stop killing the Achaean army is if Agamemnon returns Chryseis In addition the only way Agamemnon will return Chryseis is if he can have Achilles own mistress Briseis When they finally came face to face there was a large battle of words and threats Achilles and Agamemnon are on the threshold of killing each other As Achilles begins to become completely enraged Athena was sent down by Hera to calm the raging Achilles and urge him not to fight Agamemnon Not able to act against the will of the gods Achilles sheathed his sword and only verbally badgered Agamemnon After the verbal abuse continued for a while Agamemnon finally got fed up and ordered Briseis to be taken from Achilles Achilles lets the two messengers take Briseis away although he mourns every step she takes away from him he reluctantly lets her go Before Briseis was taken away Achilles states that But let them both bear witness to my lossin the face of that unbending ruthless king-if the day should come when the armies need me to save their ranks from ignominious stark defeat This last outburst indicates a change in thinking for Achilles He is essentially resigning his position in the
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