Iliad

According to Calchas, why is Apollo angry?

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Apollo is angry because he refuses to return Chryseis.

Kalchas knows Agamemnon is not going to like the answer, so before he replies he extracts a promise from Achilles to protect him. As expected, Agamemnon is furious at being named as the reason for the plague. He says he didn't return the girl when he was offered the ransom because he likes Chryseis better than he likes his own wife, but if he returns her now (without a ransom) he will not have any prize at all from the battle.