I will be unable to continue summarizing Journey To The West, sadly. So I will do the next best thing, The Iliad, a famous (perhaps the most famous) Greek Myth
The Iliad is a Greek Poem, written in dactylic hexameter (in Ancient Greek) by Homer. It describes a few of the key events in the tenth year of the Trojan War. I have detailed how the Trojan War began in several other posts, and I am too lazy to recount it again here. I already did so in this post: https://riordan.fandom.com/f/p/4400000000003498044 so you may go read it, if you wish.
In these posts, I will attempt to summarize The Iliad in as much detail as I can. I have already made a post summarizing The Iliad, but it was quite short, and undetailed. So, I will be making a series of posts summarizing each book, since The Iliad contains 24 books, each roughly a chapter long. Before we start, however, I would like to detail a few major characters in The Iliad
(Greek, or as they are called in the Poem, Achaeans)
Achilles, son of Peleus King of Phthia, and the sea nymph Thetis, the greatest Greek Warrior in the Achaean army and leader of the Myrmidons
Odysseus, King of Ithica, a cunning and crafty warrior, who appears in the sequel to The Iliad: Homer's Odyssey
Diomedes, King of Argos, a greatly gifted warrior, King of Argos
Nestor, King of Pylos and trusted advisor to Agamemnon, the wisest warrior, and very respected
Ajax The Greater, Son of Telamon, King of Salamis, arguably the Second Greatest warrior in the Achaean Army (Second to Achilles)
Agamemnon, The High King (King of Mycenae)
Menelaus, (Former, before she was kidnapped by Paris) Husband to Helen, King of Sparta (and Agamemnon's brother)
Patroclus, son of Menoetius (A Greek King) and Achilles' closest comrade, though in The Iliad, he is not explicitly stated to be Achilles's lover
Idomeneus, a King of Crete
Ajax The Lesser (called this to differentiate him from the Son of Telamon, Ajax the Greater) son of Oileus, King of Locris
Trojans (and their allies)
Hector, son of Priam, King of Troy, and the leader of the Trojan warriors
Aeneas, son of Anchises and Aphrodite, another Trojan Prince (related to Hector)
Paris, abductor of Helen, and brother to hector
Priam, the old (aged) King of Troy
Sarpedon, son of Zeus, and leader of the Lycians (fought as a Trojan Ally)
There are more, but they aren't truly important, and I will mention them in my summaries, of course. And now, without further ado:
The Iliad begins with Homer invocating the Muse, asking her to "Sing of the rage of Peleus' son Achilles," detailing how people died in the war after the quarrel of Achilles and Agamemnon, and how the will of Zeus was nearing an end. Homer then recounts how the quarrel began.
In The War of Troy, the Greeks ransacked many of the neighbouring villages of Troy. They took with them many women as slaves or brides. One of them was a girl named Chryseis. Chryseis was the daughter of Chryses, a Trojan High Priest of Apollo at Chryse, near the city of Troy. Chryses went to the Greek Ships, and begged for his daughter back, and said he would give them a ransom in return for her. The other Achaeans (Greeks) shouted their assent for Agamemnon to take the gifts and return Chryseis. But Agamemnon, full of rage, spurned the priest, saying that Chryseis was his, and she would be forever and threatened Chryses not to come back to the ships again. Chryses, full of fear, left, and desperate, he prayed to Apollo to help him, and bring his wrath on the Achaeans. Apollo heard the prayer, and full of rage, he heeded it, and went down to the Earth, and, for nine days, the arrows of the God swept through the army, inflicting a terrible plague, killing relentlessly. Finally, on the tenth day, Achilles, seized by an impulse sent by Hera, called a council to discuss the situation. He (Achilles) at first says that they should sail home, but then he says they should listen to the sayings of their Prophet, Calchas. Calchas rises but says that before he says what is happening, Achilles must promise to protect him since what he will say will enrage one of the high Monarchs. Achilles swears that he will protect him, and not a single man will touch him as long as he lives. Calchas tells all that the plague is happening since Agamemnon spurned Chryses, Apollo's priest, who prayed to Apollo to help him. Agamemnon rises angrily, saying he is insulted by these lies, telling him that all Calchas does is bring ill news. He then says he loves Chryseis even more than his own wife back home, but, he cares more about his people, so he will give her up if Apollo wishes. However, to keep his honour, he will take a prize from one of the other Achaeans. Achilles says:
Agamemnon, great field marshal... most grasping man alive,
how can the generous Argives give you prizes now?
I know of no troves of treasure, piled, lying idle,
anywhere. Whatever we dragged from towns we plundered,
all's been portioned out. But collect it, call it back
from the rank and file? That would be the disgrace.
So return the girl to the god, at least for now.
We Achaeans will pay you back, three, four times over,
if Zeus will grant us the gift, somehow, someday,
to raze Troy's massive ramparts to the ground."
-The Iliad, translated by Fagles
Agamemnon, however, says that Achilles is cheating him, since Achilles still has his own prize girl, and that he will take her. And if not her, then Odysseus's prize, or Ajax's, or anyone's, and no one could sop him, since he is the High King. He then says that one will take Chyrseis back to her father, so Apollo's rage will subside. Achilles, enraged, says that he himself had no quarrels with the Trojans, and he served Agamemnon and Menelaus out of choice, and choice alone, and he does most of the work fighting, and if he was to be treated like this, then he would go home. Agamemnon angrily replies that he cares not of him, and he doesn't need him, and that he will return Chryseis, and take Achilles' own prize: a beautiful girl named Briseis. Achilles, full of anguish, prepares to draw his sword, but Athena, sent by Hera, goes down, and tells Achilles to stop, not to hurt him with his sword, but continue only with words. Achilles agrees, and Athena leaves. Achilles, however, is still full of rage, and tells Agamemnon that he will no longer fight for the Achaeans, and he will go to his ships, and when Hector slaughters them all, Agamemnon will regret his choice. Nestor, the wisest of all the Greek Kings, attempts to calm both down, but they will not, so Achilles leaves, saying they can take Briseis, but nothing else. Odysseus leads Chryseis back to her father on boat, and Agamemnon sends two men to take Briseis. Achilles allows them to do so. Later, however, he prays to Thetis (his divine mother) to ask Zeus to give support to the Trojans, so then the Achaeans will realize how much they need Achilles, and Achilles will gain glory. he reminds her of how she saved and unbound Zeus when he was tied up in the Olympian Rebellion. Thetis agrees, and says that the Olympians were off feasting elsewhere, but when they returned, she would ask Zeus to give glory to Achilles. Chryseis is reunited with Chryses, and he prays to Apollo to stop tormenting the Greeks. Apollo heeds the prayer. Meanwhile, In Olympus, the gods return, and Thetis begs Zeus to give glory to Achilles. Zeus says that this will make Hera angry, but he eventually relents. Hera incenses Zeus for listening to Thetis, and suspects what is going on. Zeus angrily replies that he will keep his plans to himself, and that Hera can do nothing about it, since he is the mightiest and highest of gods. Hephaestus calms all of them, and the Olympians celebrate with their music, and all go to bed.
And that is the end of Book One. If you have read this far, I thank you, this took a while to type. I will make Part 2 soon. I could have summarized it in even greater detail, but I'm tired now, so I will leave it like this.