I care neither for you nor for your anger; and thus will I do: since Phoebus Apollo is taking Chryseis from me, I shall send her with my ship and my followers, but I shall come to your tent and take your own prize Briseis, that you may learn how much stronger I am than you are, and that another may fear to set himself up as equal or comparable with me.
Go," said he, "to the tent of Achilles, son of Peleus; take Briseis by the hand and bring her hither; if he will not give her I shall come with others and take her--which will press him harder.
They stood fearfully and reverently before him, and never a word did they speak, but he knew them and said, "Welcome, heralds, messengers of gods and men; draw near; my quarrel is not with you but with Agamemnon who has sent you for the girl Briseis.
He brought Briseis from the tent and gave her over to the heralds, who took her with them to the ships of the Achaeans--and the woman was loth to go.
Patroclus carries away Lycaon to Lemnos and sells him as a slave, and out of the spoils Achilles receives Briseis
as a prize, and Agamemnon Chryseis.
15), would remove the parallel between this and the previous scene in which Briseis
leads the other captive women in lamentation; the very complexity of Achilles' speech after his killing of Hector makes interpolation unlikely (247 n.
206-14) Athena promises Achilles that the Achaeans will repay him three times the worth of Briseis
34) We laugh at these preposterous confusions, but a recent movie, Troy (2004), hardly fares better: Achilles and Patroclus as 'cousins,' Agamemnon being killed by Briseis
and dying in Troy, coins (which, by the way, had not been invented yet) placed on the eyes of a corpse rather than in the mouth, the morning sun rising over the sea--in the west, that is.
And while relative newcomer Diane Kruger is certainly attractive enough as Helen, far better is Rose Byrne as temple girl Briseis
who gets to spend some quality tent time with Achilles and who is a fine young actress.
The 23-year-old Aussie, who plays Briseis
in the sex and sandals epic out next week, begged bosses to let her keep the tiny top which was pressed against hunky Brad for two hours on set.
It was because of considerations of honour that Agamemnon took Briseis
from Achilles and it was considerations of honour again that caused Achilles to retire from participation in the Trojan campaign from the moment that his prize of honour, geras, had been taken from him.
The contrast with Briseis
, who calls Achilles a brute before she has a change of heart, and who stabs Agamemnon in the neck when he man handles her, is striking.