I see a parallel between the opening chapters of the book of Exodus, and the intro to the Iliad, but I've never really discussed it with anyone before. Is there a connection do you think, or is it just coincidence, that both match up on a number of different points? I can't help but think that either one is based on the other, or they both share a common root. The Iliad begins when Chryses, Apollo's priest, approaches King Agamemnon and asks that the king set his daughter free. King Agamemnon refuses and Apollo's high priest calls upon his god, and Apollo ,in his wrath, rains down a deadly plague upon the Achaeans. In the book of Exodus. Moses (and his Brother: a priest) approaches Pharoah and asks him to to let his people (the daughter of Zion) go. Pharoah refuses, and the LORD God brings a multitude of plagues down upon the Egyptians. Pharoah king of Egypt = King Agamemnon Chryses = Moses (and Aaron) Chryseis the priests daughter = the Israelites (daughter of Zion) Apollo = the LORD Plague = 10 plagues In the end both Kings are forced to relent and hand over, in the case of Agamemnon, the girl Chryseis, and Pharoah, the Israelites. And then both stories go off in their own directions.