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Leaders - Rightly Anticipate Human Emotions

Leaders - Rightly Anticipate Human Emotions

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Homer advocates that every man should aim at winning over his own base instincts for, it would reward him with a life of fulfillment and in the case of a leader, it would ensure ardent followership.
Homer advocates that every man should aim at winning over his own base instincts for, it would reward him with a life of fulfillment and in the case of a leader, it would ensure ardent followership.

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Leaders
Rightly Anticipate Human Emotions
GRK Murty
 
Homer advocates that every man should aim at winning over hisown base instincts for, it would reward him with a life of  fulfillment and in the case of a leader, it would ensure ardent  followership.
Homer, with his
Iliad 
, is said to have reached Olympian eminence inrecording reality as seen through his vision. At least that is what onetends to infer on reading about Achilles in
Iliad 
. One wonders if mankind has materially changed in the last three thousand years afterwhat Homer has described about the general structure of society, therelations of men and women to one another, and even the physicalcircumstances of their existence.The plot of 
Iliad 
is simple. King Agamemnon, the overlord of Greece(H
omer’s Achaea), induces all those princes who are in allegiance with
him to fight against King Priam of Troy, since one of his sons runs away
with his brother, Menelaus’s wife—
the beautiful Helen of Argos.The Greek forces camp beside their ships on the shore near Troy. Forthe last nine years, they have been fighting under the dashingleadership of Achilles. Yet, they could not bring the war to a conclusion.
 
They could, however, capture and loot a number of villages in theTrojan territory.But this successful looting leads to a feud between Achilles and hiscommander-in-chief. Agamemnon had been allotted the girl, Chryseis,as his prize. Her father, a local priest of Apollo, approaches the Achaeancamp requesting them to release her by accepting a ransom. ButAgamemnon refuses to give her up. Instead, he heaps insult on thepriest. The priest then prays to his god. As a result, a plague results inthe Greece camp. Giving in to the public feeling, Agamemnon releasesthe girl to propitiate the angry god.Agamemnon, however, compensates himself by confiscating one of 
Achilles’ own prizes, a girl called Briseis. This makes Achilles withdraw
from the battle along with his force.After an abortive truce, the two armies again meet. Taking advantage
of Achilles’
absence from the battle, Hector, the Trojan commander-in-chief, who had hitherto been penned up in Troy in its defense, succeedsin setting fire to one of the Greece ships.At this, Achilles at last yields to the entreaties and allows Patroclus,his bosom comrade, to lead the Myrmidon force to rescue the

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