After this Darius began a plan to conquer Greece after the support they sent the Ionian revolt. In 490BC Darius sent a fleet to conquer the Cyclades, and then attack Athens and Eretria. Quickly conquering the Eretria, the Persians burned th... ... middle of paper ... ...reeks halted though and turned and began to fight the pursuing Persians. Mardonius was killed in this attack leading to disorder among the Persian lines. Without the Athenian stand, the battle along with the victory would not have been possible at Plataea.
They both have warriors who shield the community against the destruction. This is, however, with the help of their gods. Achilles, the son of Thetis, is the leader of the Myrmidons and Hector is the son of king Priam and is the foremost Trojan warrior who forms the forefront line of the warriors. The two warriors lead the army in the fight against each other. Aided by the supernatural powers, they are the saver of the community during the battle between the Trojan and Myrmidons, both leaders show courage to face their imminent death.
This is clearly showing brave Hectare's cowardice toward Aias. (Book 7). Another example is when Aias is fighting against the Trojans, he kills so many of them that even brilliant Hecktor is afraid of him and will not stand up to him (Book 11). These examples all clearly show Aias' strength in battle and portrays his as the perfect warrior. Homer wants to portray Aias as the ideal warrior, and his first quality is overall strength and great fighting.
The Heroic Code determined status in Greece ranging from warriors such as Achilles at the top of the totem pole to being a voice of reasoning like Nestor. The Heroic Code in the Iliad also helped determine the prizes that the Greeks would achieve. This explains why Achilles would garner better war prizes than his other Greek counterparts. One definition of the heroic code being used in the Iliad is when Hector ignored the Priam’s request to not fight Achilles, being the Trojan hero Hector was ignored Priam’s plea and wounded up dying because of it. Another example of the heroic code in the Iliad was when Achilles basically chose to fight in war instead of staying home.
Many people have heard of Achilles, whether in Greek Mythology or when referring to the tendon in their foot. He is well known in the Iliad as the main force for the Achaeans in the Trojan War, dubbed the “swiftest warrior,” “Achilles dear to Zeus”, and “brilliant runner.” However many do not know the story of Achilles when he walks away from the Achaean campaign over a scuffle of war prizes. His action cripples the Achaean army, costing the lives of many. The story of the Trojan War is one where Achilles ultimately leads the Achaeans to Troy and kills Hector outside Priam’s walls. However, it was Patroclus, Achilles’ brother-in-arms, who should be accredited with the Achaean victories and know for his success against the Trojans in the War.
The Persians then marched to Athens for revenge. The Greeks defeated the Persian Navy at the battle of Salamis that same year proved to be turning point in the conflict and Xerxes withdrew most of his men in Asia. The finale battle of the Persian War was near Plataea in 479 B.C with Greeks winning. In 477 B.C, the Delian League was formed. The members were Greek city-states, who band together to protect themselves against future threats by the Persian Empire.
The Trojans were overpowering the Achaeans and Achilles orders his unit, the Myrmidon soldiers, to go fight for Agamemnon. At first glance, Achilles’ gift to Patroclus seems like an honorable gesture, he was supporting a war effort that needed to be fought for the Achaean honor. After considering his motives though, it seems that Achilles’ decision was actually a way of skirting the battle altogether. By giving away his armor, Achilles could not protect himself during the conflict which forced him to avoid the majority of the fighting. Furthermore, by commanding his troops to join the war assured himself that the war would be won thus guaranteeing everyone a safe boat ride back to Athens.
It was here that King Leonidas thought he had the best chance to stop the Persian advance into Greece. The pass was a narrow path between the mountains, which the massive Persian force would be funneled into and have to face the Greeks one-on-one. The Greek army consisted of 300 Spartans and about 5,000 to 6,000 soldiers from across Greece. Leonidas planned to use his soldiers’ better fighting skills to defeat, or at least hold off, Xerxes’ forces until the remainder of the Greek Army could arrive. Before the Persian army advanced to meet the Spartans on the battlefield they sent scouts to find their position.
Achilles and Patroklos I think the reason that Achilles allows Patroklos to fight is because Achilles knows that the Greeks need all the help they can get. The Trojans are very near to their ships and without some great miracle, the Greeks will be defeated. When Patroklos comes to Achilles with the idea of going out in his armor and fighting to try to muster the Greek troops and frighten the Trojans, Achilles is taken in by his dear friend’s plea. Achilles gives in because he knows how much this opportunity will mean to Patroklos, who has always stood in Achilles’ shadow. So as to give his friend an opportunity to gain honor through battle and become great, Achilles allows Patroklos to enter the battle wearing his armor and with his blessing, even though he places a few stipulations on him.
One of the sign was, when Apollo was disguise as Agenor, to distract Achilles while the Trojan run to safety. The other sign was his parents and comrade telling him to go inside and not fight the almighty Achilles because he “might encounter his destiny beaten down by Pelion(Achilles), since he is far stronger than he is” (22.37-40). Nevertheless, Hektor decided to stay and fight Achilles. As a result of his act of bravery to bring honor to his family and people, and the act of free will, cause a mortal human to lose his