English 230 SQ on Iliad Book 1

English 230 SQ on Iliad Book 1

Study Question on The Iliad, Book I 

The action in The Iliad begins with an old man (Chryses) approaching Agamemnon and asking for the return of something precious that was taken from him. Agamemnon refuses, and everything goes downhill from there. (1) Re-read lines 17-32 (from “Sons of Atreus . . .” to “you will return the safer”) and give all the reasons you can think of why Agamemnon should have done what the old man asked. You can think about it from the point of view of morality, psychology, family dynamics, religion, management and leadership, logic, justice—any and all of these will provide perspectives from which to assess Agamemnon’s behavior. Given all these reasons (the ones you’ve come up with), why does Agamemnon refuse to honor Chryses’ request?  (2) Re-read lines 108-129 (“and now you speak in assembly . . .” to “. . . city of Troy to plunder.”) How does Agamemnon justify his demand here? What reason does Achilles give for refusing to honor his demand?