The other noun in the sentence, however, is me¯nis, ‘wrath’, ‘violent anger’. This is the first word of the Iliad and one of its key themes – the violent, destructive anger of the hero Achilles. In that work, it is used only of Achilles and the gods and stresses a particular force of rage. With these two nouns, however, we must note the difficulty of the syntax, and in two ways. First, it is quite unclear which of the two nouns is subject of the sentence, which in apposition. That is, does it mean ‘violent anger remains, a fearful rising back up again household manager’; or does it mean ‘the fearful rising back up again household manager remains, violent anger’?