The rage of Achilles – sing it now, goddess, sing through me / the deadly rage that caused the Achaeans such grief.

Whoever obeys the gods, the gods will favor.

A king is entitled to honor above all men, / since Zeus grants his kingship. You may be the stronger man, / and your mother, we know, is a goddess. Yet Agamemnon / is your superior; his realm is greater than yours.

Not only must you die young, but your fleeting days / are doomed to be full of sorrow beyond all others.