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STORIES OF GREECE AND ROME
THE STORY OF ACHILLES

that Ulysses only pretended to be mad, and he was forced to make ready for the voyage.
Other chiefs also tried to make excuses; but at last an army was gathered together, greater by far than had ever before been seen in the land of Greece, and this host, one hundred thousand men and twelve hundred ships, crossed over to Troy to punish Paris and to restore Helen to Menelaus.

II. WHY THERE WAS STRIFE BETWEEN AGAMEMNON AND ACHILLES
For nine years and more the Greeks besieged the city of Troy, and being many in number and having very strong and valiant chiefs, they pressed the men of the city very hard, so that these dared not go outside the walls. And, indeed, they might have taken it without further loss, but that there arose a deadly strife between two of the Greek chieftains, even between Agamemnon, who was overlord of all the host, and Achilles, who was the most valiant man among them. Now the strife came about in this way:
The Greeks had offended the priest of Apollo, the sungod, because Agamemnon had taken for himself the daughter of the priest as a prize of war. Apollo was angered by this and sent swift death, first among the dogs and mules, and then among the men of the Greeks. Achilles, learning the cause of this misfortune, roused the anger of Agamemnon because he required him to give up the prize.
Agamemnon in his wrath said, "I will send back my prize, Achilles, but I will take for myself the prize which the Greeks have given you."
Then the face of Achilles grew black as a thunderstorm, and he cried:

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