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Story Summary: War With Troy, Episode 6

On this page we have split the telling of this episode into its two main sections and provided a summary of each.

Briseis taken from Achilles

Achilles humiliated (9:21)

Years pass by as the Greeks sit in their camp and wait for the Trojans to come out and fight. To pass the time Achilles goes on raiding expeditions up and down the coast. He brings back treasure and slaves, among whom are two women. Agamemnon, commander of the Greeks, falls in love with one of them and Achilles falls in love with the other. However, Agamemnon’s slave-girl is the daughter of a priest of Apollo; and Apollo is not happy at her being captured and made a slave, so he sends a plague upon the Greeks.

Zeus grants a wish (6:52) 

A Greek prophet tells the Greeks that to stop the plague, they must appease Apollo and return Agamemnon’s slave to her father. Agamemnon agrees but demands that he has Achilles’ slave-girl, Briseis, instead. This enrages Achilles who loves Briseis. However, Achilles gives her to Agamemnon since Agamemnon is the commander. But, in anger and bitterness, Achilles vows not to fight again for the Greeks, and asks his immortal mother, Thetis, to ask Zeus to bring pain and suffering upon his fellow Greeks.

Thetis goes to Zeus and begs him to avenge her wronged son Achilles. Zeus agrees. Soon the Greeks will feel Zeus’ displeasure — the Trojans will have the upper hand … for a while.

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