Achilles tells Agamemnon's ambassadors—Odysseus, Telamonian Ajax, and his own old tutor Phoenix—of a prophecy:
For my mother Thetis the goddess of the silver feet tells me I
carry two sorts of destiny toward the day of my death. Either, if
I stay here and fight beside the city of the Trojans, my return
home is gone, but my glory shall be everlasting; but if ...