The Iliad by Homer – Book 15

The Iliad by Homer – Book 15

  • When the Trojans saw the damaged done, they stopped
  • When Jove saw what Neptune allowed the Greeks to do the Trojans and Hector vomiting blood, he turned to Juno
    • Jove – You conniving little witch. All that shit last night was to get Hector off the battlefield and the Greeks ahead in the war. If you thought it was bad when I hanged you with 2 anvils around your neck when you tricked me to mess with Hercules, you’re going to know what pain is when this is all over.
    • Juno – I swear that Neptune’s actions have nothing to do with last night. I think he just wants to relieve pressure from the Greeks.
    • Jove – Yea, well… If you were more uniform in your support for me at council meetings, I’d get a lot less shit from the other gods. If you’re telling the truth, tell Iris and Apollo to refresh Hector and drive the Greeks back to the Greek ships. Achilles will send Patroclus into battle and Hector will kill him. Achilles will kill Hector. The Greeks will push the Trojans back to the city walls and take the city.
  • Juno went to make this happen and went to Olympus where she asks the gods to come together and discuss things.
  • Juno – It’s hard to deal with Jove because he’s so much stronger than any of us. Mars will know because his son, Ascalaphus has died in battle.
  • Mars heard this and went mental…
    • Mars – Don’t be surprised if I go down there and finish the Greeks off. I don’t care what Jove thinks.
  • Juno catches up with him as he’s nearly ready to ride off.
    • Juno – You’re an idiot. That’s only going to make matters worse. Jove knocks us around for all of that. It won’t bring your son back either.
  • Mars sat down. Juno called Iris and sent her to Jove
  • Apollo and Iris met Jove at Ida.
  • Jove spoke to Iris:
    • Jove – Tell Neptune to butt out. Either go down to the bottom of the sea or up Olympus. If he doesn’t he’s going to be in a bad way… Real soon.
  • Iris relayed the message
  • Neptune – I don’t believe he can do all that. Just because he’s the elder brother to me and Hades, doesn’t mean he can boss us around. We’re equals. I have the sea. He has the earth. And Hades has the underground. But he’s not greater than me. Maybe he can talk like that to the other but not to me.
  • Iris – Is that what you want me to tell him? I’m warning you, he may not like it.
  • Neptune – Thanks for your concern… You know, Jove is a real asshole. I guess I’ll back down but if he lets the Trojans win, I have a list of gods who’ll fight him
  • Neptune went down to the bottom of the sea.
  • Jove said to Apollo – Get Hector to strike fear into the Greeks. Get them out of there
  • Apollo obeyed and told Hector who was nearly recuperated at this point.
    • Hector said weakly – Are you crazy? Ajax will hit me with another stone and I’ll be done for.
  • Apollo – Easy there, buddy. Jove’s sent me, Apollo, to help you out. Get your chariots to drive toward the ships I’ll be there to help.
  • All of Apollo’s strength juiced Hector’s men up. Hearing this, perked Hector up and his re-emergence startled his men in a good way.
  • On the Greek side, Thoas told the others that Hector is back on the battlefield and that they’d better get ready to fight.
  • Hector led his men toward the Greeks along with Apollo. This scared the Greeks.
  • The Trojans killed many Greeks without suffering many injuries to themselves. And as the Trojans marched on, the Greeks scurried to put up stakes outside the trenches.
  • Hector threatened any man who didn’t push forward. Apollo was helping them along the way – knocking over the wall to bridge the gap in the trenches
  • The Greeks panicked. Nestor prayed for Jove to bail them out of it.
  • Jove threw lightning bolts in response as the Trojan chariots pressed further to the sea where the Greeks were forced to fight on the decks of their ships
  • The Trojans tried to set fire to the ships because there wasn’t really much of a fight going on
  • Teucer fired shots at Hector and co. While he killed a few Trojans, it was clear that someone was protecting Hector in the fight. Jove snapped Teucer’s bow string.
  • Ajax told him not to bother since it was obvious the gods were willing this fight to go a certain way
  • Hector overheard this and urged his men on now that the Greeks have admitted that the gods were fighting for the Trojans against the Greeks.
  • Ajax urged his men to stave off and advance but not to expend themselves.
  • The 2 sides swaps kills but it was clear that Apollo and Jove were protecting the Trojans they liked
  • Hector was able to board the ship and start fighting on the deck. He ordered a fire to be set.
  • Ajax ordered his men to leave the ship in a fighting retreat.

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