Teacher Guide: The Iliad of Homer

Greek warrior and demi-god Achilleus responds wrathfully when King Agamemnon greedily repossesses the war trophy he first gifted, the woman Briseis; withdrawing from the heat of battle with the Trojans, Achilles sulks by his own black ships, mourning for Briseis and subjecting his people to the painful effects of his bitterness.