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The Iliad – Book I

quarrel? It was the son of Jove and Leto; for he was The Iliad

angry with the king and sent a pestilence upon the host to plague the people, because the son of Atreus had dishonoured Chryses his priest. Now Chryses By

had come to the ships of the Achæans to free his daughter, and had brought with him a great ran-Homer

som: moreover he bore in his hand the sceptre of Apollo wreathed with a suppliant’s wreath and he Translated by Samuel Butler besought the Achæans, but most of all the two sons of Atreus, who were their chiefs.