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 â€œSons of Atreus . . .â€ to â€œyou will return the saferâ€) 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, justiceâ€”any and all of these will provide perspectives from which to assess Agamemnonâ€™s behavior. Given all these reasons (the ones youâ€™ve come up with), why does Agamemnon refuse to honor Chrysesâ€™ request? (2) Re-read lines 108-129 (â€œand now you speak in assembly . . .â€ to â€œ. . . city of Troy to plunder.â€) How does Agamemnon justify his demand here? What reason does Achilles give for refusing to honor his demand?