This prompt asks you to write about the topic of reconciliation. In our reading so far, there are already many attempts reconcile Achilles and Agamemnon: Athena and Nestor in Book 1; Odysseus, Phoenix, and Ajax in Book 9; also Agamemnon concedes nearly fully in Book 9. In your preliminary draft, describe three of these six attempts (including Agamemnon conceding). What arguments does each put forward? What is your view of these arguments? How sound are they? Should they have persuaded Achilles? Show that you have re-read the pertinent passages and have the text open in front of you as you write you can quote often and briefly. Do not just make statements. PROMPT. In the early parts of The Iliad, there are many attempts to reconcile Achilles and Agamemnon: Athena and Nestor in Book 1; Odysseus, Phoenix, and Ajax in Book 9; plus Agamemnon concedes nearly fully in Book 9. In your preliminary draft, you described and evaluated (= gave your opinion about) three of six attempts to bring Achilles. Your new evidence adds two more examples: an enemy, Hector, asks Achilles with his dying breath to lay aside their enmity and allow him a hero’s burial. Later, his father Priam asks Achilles to lay aside their enmity and return his son’s body to him for a hero’s burial (we previewed this in class Wed Feb 17). The question: analyze four to five instances of attempts at laying aside enmity. What arguments are put forward? What is your view of these arguments? Why was Achilles never persuaded? What to write about in your conclusion: join your thesis up with an evaluation of Achilles as a leader. Remember leadership has been the topic of many classes and blog postings.