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The Greeks made a wall and a ditch to protect the roadstead,1 and a battle taking place in the plain, the Trojans chased the Greeks within the wall.2 But the Greeks sent Ulysses, Phoenix, and Ajax as ambassadors to Achilles, begging him to fight for them, and promising Briseis and other gifts.3

1 Compare Hom. Il. 7.436-441.

2 Compare Hom. Il. 8.53-565.

3 The embassy of Ulysses, Phoenix, and Ajax to Achilles is the subject of the ninth book of the Iliad. Hom. Il. 9. Libanius composed an imaginary reply to the speech of Ulysses (Libanius, Declam. v., vol. v. pp. 303-360, ed. R. Foerster).

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