Hence the whole new romantic sub-plot between Achilles and a suitably conflicted Briseis
, not to mention the first sight of the godlike blonde warrior being of him in bed with a couple of clearly exhausted maidens.
Disaster threatens when he demands Briseis
, the slave-girl lover of Achilles, the greatest of ancient warriors, prompting Achilles to retire from battle in a huff and allowing the Trojans to rout their opponents - for a while at least.
The section concludes with Sally Mapstone's suggestion in 'The Origins of Criseyde' that the construction of the medieval Criseyde is significantly indebted to versions of Briseis
found in Ovid.
Achilles' passion for Briseis
pales in comparison with his deeper love for Patroclus.
He also met Mendes, described by Delage as a "thoroughly accomplished master of the disgusting art of ambiguity," who provided Chabrier with the libretti for his operas Gwendoline and Briseis
Agamemnon has lost his concubine, Chryseis, and takes as compensation Achilles' "prize of honour," Briseis
Instead, instructors often ask for essays that respond to a specific question or directive (How is Agamemnon's taking of Briseis
similar to David's taking of Bathsheba?
The parallel that she draws between Briseis
and Heloise seems clear and well founded (pp.
He was offended by Agamemnon who took the slave-girl Briseis
away from him.
She plays Briseis
, a member of the Trojan royal family taken prisoner by the Greeks and given to Achilles.
Rose Byrne, 24, beds Brad Pitt's character Achilles as his wife Briseis
There are plenty of famous female faces too, with Oscar- winner Julie Christie as Goddess Thetis, Saffron Burrows as Hector's wife Andromache and I Capture The Castle star Rose Byrne, as Briseis
, a virgin priestess of Apollo captured by the Greeks and prized to Achilles.