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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.
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 prays for Apollo's help, and Apollo causes a plague to afflict the Greek army.
After nine days of plague, Achilles, the leader of the Myrmidon contingent, calls an assembly to deal with the problem.
Hector enters the city, urges prayers and sacrifices, incites Paris to battle, bids his wife Andromache and son Astyanax farewell on the city walls, and rejoins the battle.Chryses, a Trojan priest of Apollo, offers the Greeks wealth for the return of his daughter Chryseis, held captive of Agamemnon, the Greek leader.Although most of the Greek army is in favour of the offer, Agamemnon refuses.The poet takes the opportunity to describe the provenance of each Greek contingent.When news of the Greek deployment reaches King Priam, the Trojans too sortie upon the plain.