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(7) Hector duels with Ajax, but nightfall interrupts the fight, and both sides retire.
The Greeks agree to burn their dead, and build a wall to protect their ships and camp, while the Trojans quarrel about returning Helen.
Achilles becomes very upset, sits by the seashore, and prays to his mother, Thetis.
Achilles asks his mother to ask Zeus to bring the Greeks to the breaking point by the Trojans, so Agamemnon will realize how much the Greeks need Achilles. (2) Zeus sends a dream to Agamemnon, urging him to attack Troy.
Agamemnon heeds the dream but decides to first test the Greek army's morale, by telling them to go home.
The plan backfires, and only the intervention of Odysseus, inspired by Athena, stops a rout.
Chryses, a Trojan priest of Apollo, offers the Greeks wealth for the return of his daughter Chryseis, held captive of Agamemnon, the Greek leader.
The Iliad is paired with something of a sequel, the Odyssey, also attributed to Homer.
The poet takes the opportunity to describe the provenance of each Greek contingent.