The Iliad by Homer – Book 8

The Iliad by Homer – Book 8

  • At the beginning of the next day, Jove spoke to the gods
    • Jove – I’d better not catch any of you intervening on behalf of any of the Greeks or Trojans, I’ll knock you down from Olympus to Hades if I do
  • Minerva was the only one with enough nerve to speak
    • Minerva – I know you’re not one to be questioned but… we’d like to advise the Greeks if we can’t actually help
  • Jove – Sorry about that love… I wasn’t completely serious about that
  • Jove fixed his horses up and rode down to get a better view of Troy and the Greek ships
  • The Greeks were eating breakfast while the Trojans prepared to defend the city
  • They started fighting and blood began to spill
  • As the day went on the Greeks began to be overcome.
    • Jove sent a bolt of lightning down on them and they became terribly afraid
  • The Greeks buckled under the pressure
  • Alexandrus even hit some Greeks with his bow while Hector’s men pushed forward
  • Diomed spoke to Ulysses
    • Diomed – Why have you got your back to the battle? Watch out that you don’t get stabbed in the back!
  • Diomed called Nestor to hop on his chariot for a ride up toward Hector but they missed a shot they had fired at him, hitting the driver. Hector went to find another driver.
  • The lightning bolts began to spook the Greek horses
  • Nestor said – The day’s lost. Let’s cut our losses.
  • Diomed agreed but regretted the boost it would give to Hector and his troops
  • Hector was looking to make all the progress he could with the gods obviously on his side
  • Juno didn’t like what she was seeing and spoke to Neptune
    • Juno – we’ve got to do something. Jove is running riot in this battle. Can’t you do something to slow it down?
  • Neptune – I can’t be seen to interfere with Jove. He’d fuck me up.
  • Meanwhile the Greeks’ trench was filling up with horses and men. Hector was at the gate.
  • Juno put it into Agamemnon’s mind to encourage his men to carry on fighting.
    • Agamemnon – Come on, you fools! I thought you had made a vow to fight Hector. Soon he’ll be here to light the place on fire. Jove’ll get us out of this pinch.
  • Somehow, the prayer seemed to work because the Greeks began to fight better
  • It inspired Diomed to carry on with his slaughter.
  • Agamemnon, Menelaus, both Ajaxes, etc. scared the daylights out of the Trojans
  • A Greek bowman, Teucer, was a sniper with success and killed one of Priam’s sons
  • Apollo was turning arrows away from Hector but hitting his driver
    • Hector went straight for Teucer. He hit him in the throat at which caught Ajax’s eye
  • Jove gave the Trojans another boost and they killed more Greeks
  • Juno said to Minerva – Look at that Hector. He’s having too much success against us
  • Minerva to Juno – Hector’s a mean one but everything I try to do, Jove nips it in the bud. I sorted out Hercules when he had his 12 labors. Now because Thetis has stroked his beard, ego, etc., we see this slaughter. I’ve seen enough. Let’s see if Hector can stand up to us two
  • The pair of them got their armor on and got their horses together. They rode down from My Olympus
  • Jove saw this and sent Iris saying
    • Jove – Make sure these 2 don’t come near me. I’ll bust their horses and break their chariots. I’ll zap them with lightning and they’ll learn a thing or 2
  • Iris went down to Minerva and Juno
    • Iris – What are you two doing here? You’re insane – Jove will shit a solid gold brick. He’ll kill your horses and break your chariots. Juno always messes with him. But Minerva, I’d be careful if I were you… (She left)
  • Juno to Minerva – I’m not really up to this by defying Jove. They can fight and Jove will do what he will.
  • Jove rode his horses and met with the gods at Olympus
    • Jove – Yo, Minerva and Juno… Why are you so angry? Not too tired of killing Trojans? You’re lucky not to have been down on the battlefield. You’d have been zapped by lightning.
  • Minerva was completely pissed off.
    • Minerva – We’re only trying to undo the damage you’ve down. I guess we can lay off from actually fighting.
  • Jove – Good. The Trojan will have a good day tomorrow. They only way Hector can be stopped is if Achilles is convinced to fight.
  • The sun went down and the battled ended for the day.
  • On the way back, Hector and the Trojans paused by the river. He spoke with his spear in his hand.
    • Hector – I’m sorry we couldn’t have done more before sunset. Lucky Greeks… Let’s eat and feed our horses. We’ll light fires so bright we’ll see any move the Greeks make. Tomorrow we’ll see if the gods are still on our side. They made a huge sacrifice in hope that the good luck would continue the next day.

 

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