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BRISEIS
 
Agamemnon, Agamemnon!

The spoils of war
unwiseley taken
from thy own
Achilles, were not
thy best choice.
Beauty
does not belong.
It is earned
by earnestly
good will
whereas
the best suitor
shall prevail
amongst all.

Agamemnon, Agamemnon!

Briseis charms
made deadlier
and lengthier
than expected
Troy's fall.

Agamemnon, Agamemnon!

The might of Kings
precludes
the myth
of ownership
which is not
even given
to the lordship
of the Olympian gods!

Agamemnon, Agamemnon!

Beware!
Do not return home.
Aegysthus,
Clytemnestra's lover
- thou do not even own
thy wretched wife,
Lo! King of Kings -
longs
for thy doom!


Notes: ' In Greek mythology, Briseis was a Trojan widow (from Lyrnessos ) who was abducted during the Trojan War by Achilles after the death of her husband Mines and brother in the fight. After an oracle forced Agamemnon to give up a woman he had captured, Chryseis, Agamemnon ordered Talthybius and Eryrates to take Briseis to compensate himself. Achilles was offended by this seizure, pouted, and refused to fight until his prize was restored, leading to many of the most important events of the Trojan War, including the death of Patroclus.

The withdrawal of Achilles to his tent in protest of the loss of Briseis is the first event of Homer's Iliad. With Achilles on the sidelines, the Trojans had a period of success. When Agamemnon restored Briseis to Achilles, he swore that he had not offended her chastity, and Briseis herself swore fidelity to Achilles. '
Extracted from Wikipedia, he free Encyclopedia.


' Agamemnon at his return was barbarously murdered by Aegysthus, at the inspiration of Clytemenstra his wife, who in in his absence had dishonoured his bed with Aegisthus.'
Alexander Pope.




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