The Iliad by Homer – Book 13

The Iliad by Homer – Book 13

  • Jove allowed the Trojans to get to the Greek ships but forgot about Troy and the possibility other gods would get involved.
  • Neptune was watching. He felt bad for the Greeks and rode down to the bottom of the sea to get even with Jove.
  • He caused earthquakes. He assumed the body of a Greek seer, Calchas. He told Ajax that they ought to defend the Trojan advance
  • This cheered the Greeks up. Once Ajax suspected it was a god helping them, they were energized. Ajax, Telemon’s son, wanted a fight with Hector
  • Calchas/Neptune scolded the Greeks who had run away from the Trojans to the ships, yelled at them
    • Neptune – Shame on you. They only reason that the Trojans are are doing so well is your cowardice. If you had at least put up a fight, this would be all over. Agamemnon is to blame for your pissing Achilles off but we still have to continue fighting for your honor and to stop Hector.
  • The talk inspired them to fight. They bunched up and made a human wall to prevent the Trojans from advancing to the Greek ships
  • The Trojans charged but were repelled
    • Hector – Keep going. They can’t hold us back forever.
  • Hector’s words urged them on. Most efforts failed
  • Hector and Teucer threw spear at each other but there was no harm done.
  • Neptune was angry that his grandson, Amphimachus died. He went to push the Greeks to fight harder.
  • Idomeneus bumped into Neptune, disguised as Thoas
    • Neptune – They’ve got to fight on. Even cowards will fight if they’re fighting with one another.
  • Idomeneus complained to Neptune that Jove must be helping the Trojans – Then he went to the battle. He ran into Meriones getting a spear because his broke. The two of them were one-upping about how brave they were and how many Greeks they’v skilled. They went to the battle joining the weakest flank.
  • Neptune joined the Greeks dressed as a soldier, so Jove wouldn’t spot him
  • Idomeneus was the man of the hour and Greek charioteers scooped up the Trojans weapons and armor.
  • Deiphobus wanted to avenge the death of Asius and killed Hypsenor to even things out
  • This angered Idomeneus and he killed Achathous. After stripping him of his armor, he mocks Deiphobus
    • Idomeneus – I’ve got 3 of yours to your 1 of ours. Why don’t we settle this 1-on-1
  • Deiphobus aims at Idomeneus but his Ascalaphus. He tended to a body and got stabbed by Meriones
  • His brother, Polites, drags him off the battlefield and the battle continues.
  • Helenus kills a Greek which upset Meneleu and aims for him. Meneleus stabs his shooting hand and Helenus runs off to Troy
  • With them off the field, Meneleus goes on a killing spree and that inspires his mates to the same
  • Harpalion has a go at Meneleus but he misses and gets stabbed in the ass. He fell over and shot in the bladder and died.
  • Paris sees this and shoots at the Greeks. He kills Euchenor.
  • During this Hector was elsewhere on the battlefield and didn’t know Neptune was getting Greeks a victory. He was near the ships fighting the 2 Ajaxes with an even fight for a moment
  • Polydamas reported to Hector that they were getting their asses handed to them and it might be a good idea to withdraw to recuperate
  • Hector – OK, call the chieftains, in the meantime, I’ll keep fighting.
  • Paris tells Polydamas that all the chieftains are either dead or back in Troy injured
  • The ones who remained were urged on by Jove to fight
  • Ajax challenged Hector
    • Ajax- For all of Jove’s help, you certainly aren’t fighting well. Soon, you’ll really need his help
  • As this was said, a bird flew over the Trojans. The Greeks saw this as a good sign and the Trojans saw this as a bad sign.
  • Finally, a good day in fighting for the Greeks

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