The Iliad By Homer

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The Iliad by Homer depicts the great struggle by Agamemnon and the Greeks to take the mighty city state of Troy and return Helen to her rightful husband, Menelaus. While many ponder if the war actually happened, or why the gods always seemed to be more human than humans themselves, few ask the key but often overlooked question; why is Agamemnon the leader of the Greeks in the first place? What happened that put him in charge of the Greek forces? Why does there seem to be an underlying resentment towards Agamemnon? Throughout the book, Agamemnon consistently shows traits of a man who is paranoid, self-absorbed, and an ineffective leader. While the story is not meant as a historical account, discerning the underlying feelings prior to the poem’s account can help us appreciate the character’s actions better. With that said, the dissent towards Agamemnon shown throughout the Iliad is a product of his questionable leadership, his failed strategy and his inherent disregard for his men throughout the previous nine years of the Trojan War. From the beginning of the book, Agamemnon is seen as a man of moot leadership. There is never an explanation of why Agamemnon is king, nor is there a real reason. The main cause for the Trojan War rose out of a suitor agreement. Many of the Grecian Nobles were suitors to Helen at one point and they collectively agreed to honor the marriage of Helen and whomever won her hand. In the end, Menelaus won Helen, but why is he not the leader of the
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