In Greek mythology, Chryses (English: /'krai si:z/ Greek: Χρύσης, Khrýsēs) was a priest of Apollo at Chryse, near the city of Troy. He and Briseus (father of Briseis) were said to be sons of a man named Ardys, otherwise unknown. During the Trojan War (prior to the actions described in Homer's Iliad), Agamemnon took his daughter Chryseis (Astynome) as a war prize and when Chryses attempted to ransom her, refused to let her free. An oracle of Apollo then sent a plague sweeping through the Greek armies, and Agamemnon was forced to give Chryseis back in order to end it. The significance of Agamemnon's actions lies not in the fact that he kidnapped Chryseis (such abductions were commonplace in the Greek world) but in the fact that he refused to release her upon her father's request.