King Agamemnon takes away the prize of Achilles - the beautiful Briseis. Achilles is about to strike him down when Athena, who is sent down from heaven, tells him: "I declare to you
that a time will come when you shall have tree times as much offered to make up for his insult."
Achilles throws himself by the sea and calls out to his divine mother Thetis. He pleads with her to pray to Zeus to help the Trojans slaughter the Achaians, so that
the king will see his mistake of not respecting the best man of all.
Achilles withdraws completely from the battle, During this time, King Priam's son Hector, who leads the Trojans, kills Achilles' close friend Patroclus. This prompts Achilles to return
to the battle. The gods go off to the battlefield and take sides at once.
Hector faces Achilles in combat and is killed when Achilles spear strikes right through his neck. Hector's corpse is abused by Achilles, who drags the body is the dust, in full view of his maddened father,
his weeping mother, and his grief striken-wife.
Zeus summons Thetis to tell Achilles that the gods are angry and that he must accept ransom from King Priam and let Hector's corpse go. Achilles pities the old king and sends women to prepare Hector's remains for its journey home.