How does Priam try to persuade Hector not to fight Achilles?

How does Priam try to persuade Hector not to fight Achilles?

What does Priam say when he tries to persuade Hector to stay inside Troy and not fight Achilles? He stretched out his arms and spoke to Hector, asking him not to fight because he was not as strong as Achilles. He said he had lost many sons to Achilles by death or being sold into slavery.

What does Priam say to Achilles?

Priam begs Achilles to pity him, saying “I have endured what no one on earth has ever done before – I put my lips to the hands of the man who killed my son.” Deeply moved, Achilles relents and returns Hector’s corpse to the Trojans.

What does Priam do when he sees Achilles dragging off the body of Hector?

Priam tearfully supplicates Achilles, begging for Hector’s body. He asks Achilles to think of his own father, Peleus, and the love between them. Achilles weeps for his father and for Patroclus. He accepts the ransom and agrees to give the corpse back.

How does Priam appeal to Achilles?

Priam appeals to Achilles as a suppliant, reminding Achilles of the feelings that he has for his own dead father. Achilles is so moved by these reawakened memories of home and parents that he agrees to accept Priam’s offer of ransom for Hektor’s body. All the people of Troy come out to mourn Hektor’s body.

Why did Achilles return Hector’s body?

Hector was marked for death when he killed Patroclus. Since he killed Patroclus with the help of a god, the gods helped arrange his death. Achilles knew that coming to Troy would gain him glory but cost him his life. The final reason Achilles returns Hector’s body to Priam is the ransom.

Why did Achilles take Hector’s body?

Following the funeral of Patroclus, Achilles’ grief makes him restless. He ties Hector’s body to his chariot and repeatedly drags it around the tomb of Patroclus, in his furious need for retribution. However the gods protect Hector’s body so that in spite of this cruel treatment it remains unblemished.

Why does Achilles give back Hector’s body?

Seeing Priam in tears before him evokes sympathy in Achilles. He knows that his father will feel the same way after his own fated death. With his anger subsided, Achilles feels compassion for the king of his enemies. With this transaction sanctioned by the gods, Achilles agrees to release Hector’s body to Priam.

Why did Achilles cry when Hector died?

In book 23 of the Iliad, after Achilles has killed Hector and had his corpse dragged back to the Greek ships, he cries because he is mourning his beloved friend Patroclus, and he sees Hector’s death as an act of vengeance.

Why did Priam want to return Hector to his father?

Achilles knew that a god must have helped Priam navigate through the Greek camp to get to Achilles unharmed. (It was Hermes.) That told Achilles that a god cared enough to ensure safe passage for the Trojan king, so that he could ask for his son’s body. So the gods must want him to return Hector to his father and Troy.

Why did Priam Kiss achilles’hands in the Odyssey?

Kissing Achilles’ hands, Priam lays aside his kingly role and pleads with Achilles to remember his own father, who is also old. Priam says that his sons are dead and the only son who could help him (that is, Hektor) now lies dead in Achilles’ camp. Priam adds that he has kissed the hands of the man who killed his children.

Why did Achilles give Hector’s body to Priam?

Achilles – albeit at the behest of the gods – eventually gives Hector’s body back to his father, Priam. Betis was duly executed and Alexander moved on to continue his conquest of the Persian empire.

Why does Priam not want to sacrifice his son?

Priam knows that Troy’s destruction is imminent, and as a father, he does not want to sacrifice his son for a lost cause. Watching Achilles abuse Hektor’s body, Priam bemoans the loss of so many sons whom Achilles has cut down, but of all the sons whom he has lost, he mourns most for Hektor.