The Iliad by Homer – Book 6

The Iliad by Homer – Book 6

  • Ajax broke through a Trojan phalanx and killed Acamas, Thrace’s best fighter
  • Diomed, Euryalus, Menelaus killed some more
  • Menelaus tried to take Adrestus alive – he ran away but was caught
    • He pleaded for his life and offered lots of money
    • Agamemnon told him now’s the time to be taking prisoners – not even women or children. Agamemnon stabbed him with a spear
  • Nestor reminded the men not to pilfer the bodies during a battle. Wait until afterwards
  • Helenus (Priam’s son) said to Hector and Aeneas:
    • Let’s hold our ground at the gates – Hector, go get mother and friends to go make sacrifices to Minerva at the temple to spare us
  • Hector left
  • The Trojans succeeded in holding the Greeks back
  • Glaucus (Trojan) challenged any Greek to a single combat.
    • Diomed answered – I haven’t seen you all day and now you’re starting shit? I’ll bet you come for a long line of cowards.
    • Glaucus – What does my family have to do with it? They’re from Argos but came over here a couple of generations ago. My father was fooled into killing monsters and was given a chunk of the kingdom.
    • Diomed realized that his father and Glaucus’s father were old friends – They exchanged invitations to each other’s place after the war.
  • Hector got to the gates and met with his family. He told them to pray for a better outcome
    • He spoke to Priam and family for help
    • He told his mother to get all the matrons and put a giant robe as a sacrifice to Minerva for mercy.
    • He went to look for Paris (aka Alexandrus)
  • Hector’s mother and her maids got an embroidered robe, took it to the temple of Minerva and prayed for pity. She ignored it
  • Hector went to Paris’s house and found him putting on his armor and messing about with his bow.
    • Hector – Your people are dying to defend the city and you’re fucking around up here
    • Paris – I know, I know… Even Helen’s trying to get me to go fight. I’m nearly ready… Let’s go
  • Helen spoke to Hector – I don’t expect you to risk your life for your idiot brother’s actions. Jove will have you killed.
  • Hector – I can’t stay. I have to fight. Make sure he goes down to the battlefield. I’m going to check in with the missus one last time.
  • Hector looked for his wife, Andromache, but she wasn’t there
    • He made his way to the wall and ran into here and their child.
    • She didn’t like him going to battle.
  • He answered that his men needed him and he could never lie in Troy after deserting them when they needed him. Plus, the Greeks had plans to kill everyone in the town.
  • He had a moment with the boy and looked to the sky
    • Jove, allow him to grow up and rule Troy and be even bigger than me
    • Andromache, please don’t be sad. I won’t go down with a fight. But if I have to die, it’ll be my time. Go home
  • She went home crying, already mourning his death.
  • Paris came out of his house all kitted out. He and Hector went to the battle
    • Hector – It’s about time. The Trojans have pegged you for a coward. You’ll have to fight twice as hard to make up for it. We need Jove to survive

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