Briseis


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see AchillesAchilles
, in Greek mythology, foremost Greek hero of the Trojan War, son of Peleus and Thetis. He was a formidable warrior, possessing fierce and uncontrollable anger. Thetis, knowing that Achilles was fated to die at Troy, disguised him as a girl and hid him among the women at
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, in Greek mythology, leader of the Greek forces in the Trojan War; king of Mycenae (or Argos). He and Menelaus were sons of Atreus and suffered the curse laid upon Pelops. Agamemnon married Clytemnestra, and their children were Iphigenia, Electra, and Orestes.
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Briseis

loved Achilles despite her capture by Agamemnon. [Gk. Myth.: Walsh Classical, 62]
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But war has its longueurs too, and nowhere more so than in the Iliad, whose endless lists of dead heroes are mocked by Briseis: "As it happens I know all the names of all the men [Achilles] killed that day.
"[Barker] gives Briseis and the other Trojan slave-girls voices that feel refreshingly modern, steeped in history though they are....
In The Silence of the Girls, Briseis is the master of the narrative, telling her story in counterpoint to Achilles, becoming her own subject rather than his object.
Briseis formosa adeo fuit ut Achilles eius amore conflagraverit eamque quamvis ancillam plus quam puellas omnes adamaverit.
Krisayis, the ambitious, determined daughter of the High Priest of Troy, and Briseis, loyal and passionate princess of Pedasus, interweave their tales alongside Homer's classic story of the rage of Achilles and the gods of Olympus.
(61) In reference to women status, Rose has put it that the Iliad shows far more sympathy for women like Helen, Andromache, and Briseis, for example, that the fear and ambivalence characterizing the Odyssey (CAG, p.
At the time he conquered 23 cities with his Myrmidons, Achilles gave Chryseis to Agamemnon in order to dignify him but shortly afterwards he blundered by detaching with violence Briseis from Achilles.
Cressida, a medieval figure partly based on the Ovidian Briseis, can be read in bono and in malo, offering various re-readings.
feeling between Achilles and Agamemnon over the beautiful Briseis.
(9) Wardaddy's "gift" of Emma to Ellison is a device that goes back to the first war story, The Iliad, and Achilles' and Agamemnon's fight over the captive slave, Briseis. The issue of (masculine) sovereignty and power (in relation to a woman's body) in war is the same then as it is now, over 2000 years later.
When Agamemnon threatens to rob Achilles of his own prize, the girl Briseis, Achilles is infuriated and his heart is torn "whether to draw the sharp sword from his side [...] and disembowel Agamemnon, or control himself and check his angry impulse" (Homer 2003, 9; 190-192).
(54) The manner in which Achilles wears his himation signals his physical and psychological isolation, exile, and lack of action, as he has withdrawn from the Greek war effort in anger over Briseis. Achilles and Dionysos wear their mantles in ways that further contribute to the narrative and meaning of their respective scenes.