The Iliad by Homer – Book 11

The Iliad by Homer – Book 11

  • Jove sends down Discord to rile the Greeks
  • Agamemnon was ready to go – angrier and more violent than eve. His armor, sword and shield were something you’d expect from a king.
  • Each warrior had his horses held by his charioteer while he was on foot.
  • Early on, it looked bad for the Trojans. Hades was going to see many new faces today
  • Hector, Aeneas and others began to get themselves ready. They all went at it. But Jove just watched and didn’t participate or help anyone in particular. Arrows flew and people died. And as the day wore on, the Greeks started having success, especially Agamemnon, killing Isus and Antiphus (Priam’s sons), once take for ransom by Achilles. He stabbed one in the nipple and the other through the ear
  • 2 sons of Antimachus pleaded for their lives – 1 of which helped Alexandrus take Helen. Agamemno killed 1 in his chariot and the other by cutting off his hands and head. Overall, it was going rather well for Agamemnon and his men
  • Hector managed to avoid all the arrows and dust. While Agamemnon called for his men to carry on, the Trojans panicked and were mowed down
  • As the Trojans were pressed all the way back to the city walls, Jove called Iris to tell Hector to try and stay out of the battle and just get others to fight on his behalf. Only if he saw Agamemnon wounded should he join in the battle. Iris obeyed and relayed the message. Hector stayed out and ordered his men about from the sidelines
  • Agamemnon’s first victim was Iphidamas. His brother, Coo, tried to avenge him by sneaking up on him, getting him in the forearm with a spear. Agamemnon ripped it out and jumped on Coon and killed him. Both brothers were dead.
  • With a fresh wound, Agamemnon fought hard but as it began to dry, he felt the pain and needed to go back to the ships, blaming Jove
  • Hector saw this, joined the battle and pressed his men on. He killed 9 chieftains and many men with the protection of Jove.
  • This killed the spirit for most of the Greeks, except Ulysses and Diomed who in turn killed some Trojans. Jove allowed this because he wouldn’t allow any side to have an advantage.
  • Although Diomed and Ulysses were successful, they weren’t able to get to Hector, protected by Apollo’s armor.
  • A spear from Diomed knocked him on the head. He disappeared into the crowd and fell asleep against a tree. He was able to get away thanks to Apollo.
  • Alexandrus aimed for Diomed but was only able to get him in the foot. He bragged
    • Alexandrus – No so hot now are you?
    • Diomed – You’re nothing without your bow. You just slander and seduce. You’re a coward. This is only a scratch, anyway. I’ll get you once and for all
  • Ulysses pulled the arrow out and brought him back to the ships.
  • Ulysses was the only one willing to fight among the Greeks. The rest just panicked. He couldn’t fight alone but he couldn’t turn his tail and run either.
  • While he was thinking, the Trojans began to surround him. He attacked them one-by-one, killing or wounding each one who attacked. Them came Socus.
    • Socus – It’s just you and me, buddy – He swung at Ulysses shield went through it and his cuirass without injuring him greatly
  • Ulysses promised to get him for that and lunged for him.
  • Socus turned his back to Ulysses and as he did this, Ulysses killed him.
  • Ulysses pulled Socus’s spear out causing him to bleed. The Trojans saw that and closed in on him.
  • He called to Menelaus who called to Ajax. They fought their way over to him. Ajax fought the Trojans while Menelaus grabbed Ulysses, put him on his chariot. Ajax continued to fight incredibly well.
  • Hector was unaware, as he was on the other side the fighting, near the river. He was having good success and making toward Nestor to capture or kill him
  • Idomeneus yelled at Nestor to get the hell out there. He was too valuable to lose. He heard him and got on his horse and left with Machaon, the doctor
  • A Trojan, Cebriones, spoke to Hector
    • Cebriones – While we’re here, Ajax is killing our men single handedly. Let’s go see about him
  • He got on his horses together and rode off over dead bodies and shields.
  • Meanwhile Hector fought his way over there, using his spear and throwing rocks while avoiding Ajax
  • Jove stunned Ajax and he crouched behind his shield, hesitating. They pounded him on his shield, all while retreating.
  • Eurypylus went to help him out and stabbed an another, trying to strip him of his armor. But Alexandrus shot him in the thigh.
    • Eurypylus – Yo, Greeks! Get Ajax out of here. He’s bit off more than can chew
    • They were able to get him out of there
  • As they were bringing all these men to the ships, Achilles watched off the edge of his ship. He called to Patroclus
    • Achilles – I assume that after the ass-kicking the Greeks have been getting, I’ll receive a call from them. Go around and find out all that’s happened
  • Patroclus went down and looked around. He saw the injured men and ran into Nestor who asked him to come in.
    •  Patroclus said he couldn’t really stick around. He’d just come to see if that was true that Machaon had been injured. He just wanted the news
  • Nestor – Why should Achilles care? If he must know, Diomed, Ulysses, Agamemnon and Eurypylus are all injured. Achilles… Is he going to run now or stick around to watch the Trojans finish us off? If only I were younger, I’d be out there. I’ve done more heroic things that Achilles could only dream of… Anyway, one day, Achilles will regret sitting around watching all his fellow soldiers getting crushed. When Ulysses and I were recruiting you and Achilles, we were at your house speaking with your father and Achilles’s father. Peleus, Achilles’s father, told him to be the best warrior and Menoetius, your father, told you to be the brains of the outfit. If Achilles won’t fight, you ought to lead your men from Myrmidos. You might be the hero we need. Perhaps you could even wear Achilles’s armor.
  • Patroclus liked this idea and ran back to Achilles’s ship but stopped along the way and saw Eurypylus injured. Eurypylus clues Patroclus in on just how badly things are going. He helped Eurypylus back into the tent, removed the arrow, washed the wound and rubbed herbs on it

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