Odysseus had spoken to the reassembled army there was only one dissenting
voice. Ugly and mangy Thersites
took the speaker's staff and denounced Agamemnon's greed and reminded the
assembly of his
dealings with Achilles.
Odysseus took the speaker's staff from Theristes and beat him with it.
council and army watched and laughed while the ungainly, comic, and cowardly
man was beaten.