The Iliad by Homer – Book 24

The Iliad by Homer – Book 24

  • After the games, the men went back to their ships and ate. Achilles returned his thoughts to Patroclus. He cheered himself up by dragging Hector’s body around. Apollo wouldn’t let this disfigure the body.
  • Most the gods hated seeing this.
  • Apollo spoke to them –
    • You all ought to be ashamed. Hector made many a prayer to us and we’re just watching Achilles defile his body.
  • Juno – You’d only do this for Hector. Thetis, Achilles’s mother, is a goddess, raised by me. You all went to her wedding.
  • Jove – Easy there, Juno. They’re not on the same planet as each other. But of all the Trojans, we all know he was the best to us and I can’t allow this to continue. Send for Thetis. I’ll get her to make Achilles give the body back to Priam.
  • Iris went down to bring Thetis up to hear this.
  • Jove loosened her up with a couple of drinks and told her the score.
  • Thetis went down to speak with Thetis
    • This isn’t good to mourn so long and to fuck with Hector’s body. Let Priam give a ransom for the body of Hector.
  • Achilles – Fine if Jove wants it that way
  • Jove sent Iris to Troy to talk to Priam about Achilles willing to accept a ransom. No funny business…
  • Iris went down to a weeping Priam and told him the score.
  • Priam and his sons got a wagon but checked in with Hecuba (Hector’s mom and Priam’s wife)
  • She didn’t trust the Greeks about his safety or about the exchange with Achilles. She wanted revenge
  • Priam – Fine then. I’m going anyway. The gods have promised my protection. I need to mourn properly
  • He got the ransom on the wagon – cloaks, rugs, god, silverware, etc. to exchange for Hector’s body
  • He addressed 9 of his songs – All right, you useless things. We’ve got to get all this money and crap to Achilles to get your brother’s body back.
  • They loaded it onto the wago and waited for him.
  • Hecuba came out and made him drink a prayer drink to Jove to make sure the trip went well.
  • Jove sent an eagle as a signal to show that the trip would go fine.
  • They rode out toward the Greeks. Jove was watching and said to Mercury
    • Go make sure that things work our smoothly.
  • Mercury went down to survey and ran into Priam’s convoy who didn’t know who he was
  • He tells Priam as a stranger that he means him no harm and wishes to accompany him the whole way.
  • Priam appreciates this and is glad that the gods sent someone like him to help
  • They discuss Hector and Mercury (in disguise) assures him that the body is still in tip-top shape. Achilles has done his best to disfigure the body but to no avail
  • Priam appreciates the news and offers him some money but Mercury can’t accept gifts
  • He helps Priam across the battlefield with the dead, traps, trenches, etc. Then he reveals himself, giving Priam advice in how to handle his approach to Achilles in getting the body
  • Mercury left and Priam carried on until he reached Achilles’s place. Until he reached Achilles’s place. He went right to Achilles and fell to his knees, kissing his hands.
  • Achilles was stunned by this and Priam said to him:
    • Think of what your father would be going through in the other direction. All I want is my son’s body back
  • Achilles was touched. The 2 men sat there weep over their lost ones. Finally, Achilles spoke:
    • You’re brave, old man. Jove is a wicked god. He dishes out fate at random – happiness and then sadness… I’ve been sent here by the gods to destroy Troy. Mourning won’t do anything to change that.
  • Priam – Please accept this ransom I’ve brought in exchange for Hector’s body.
  • Achilles – Just so you know, I’m doing this only because I’ve been ordered to by the gods. Let’s just leave it at that.
  • As Priam is about to offer the ransom up for the body, Achilles realizes that he’s been dragging it around and runs back and tries to put it in good shape with nice clothes, etc. The gods had been watching over it. After that night, Priam would be able to mourn in private.
  • Food was prepared and offered. They ate and drank. Priam confessed not to have slept since hearing of Hector’s death.
  • Achilles offered him a place to stay – Best if you sleep outside lest Agamemnon accuse me of cavorting with the enemy
  • Priam – Anyway, it’s nice to be outside of the city for the first time in a long time. We’ll need 9 days 9 to mourn and another 3 to deal with the burial, etc.
  • Achilles – Whatever you need
  • They went to sleep. Mercury watched over them throughout the night to make sure everything was safe. He woke Priam up at dawn, prepared the horses for the body and accompanied him most of the way back to the city.
  • The people watched as Priam brought the body into the city. Andromache and Hecuba grieved over his dead body and the idea of Troy falling after the death of its hero.
  • Priam ordered the funeral pyre to be built for 9 days. The body was burnt and they buried it 3 days later.

The Iliad by Homer – Book 23

The Iliad by Homer – Book 23

  • The Greeks got back to their ships. Achilles spoke:
    • Achilles – Let’s pay our respects to Patroclus and then eat
  • He spoke to the body – I’ll do what I promised. I’ll feed Hector to the dogs and kill loads more Trojans
  • He threw Hector’s body in front of Patroclus’s
    • They had a big feast but Achilles was called to eat with Agamemnon and co. He wouldn’t eat or even bathe until he’s buried Patroclus
  • They ate and the rest went to bed. He took Patroclus’s body to the shore and fell asleep. There the ghost of Patroclus said to him:
    • Patroclus – Please bury me. I need to go to Hades. My soul is lost since my death. This is the last we’ll see each other. But I know you’ll die soon. Please put both your ashes together with mine.
  • Achilles reached for him but he was gone
  • Later, the Greeks build a funeral pyre. Achilles cut a lock of his hair and put it in Patroclus’s hand since he wouldn’t be going home again.
  • He asked Agamemnon for a private mourning among Patroclus’s friends. They sacrificed animals and put the body on the fire.
  • Meanwhile Venus and Apollo are preserving Hector’s body from flies and dogs
  • The funeral pyre only started with help from the wind gods
  • The fire was put out with win. The bones and ashes were collected and dealt with properly. The workers stuck around
  • Achilles offered prizes for funeral games
  • Riding –
    • 1 – Diomed
    • 2 – Antilochus
    • 3 – Menelaus
    • 4 – Meriones
    • 5 – Eumelos
      • These results were heavily disputed but all were satisfied with their prizes. Nestor gets a prize despite not participating. He gives a long-winded speech
  • Boxing – Epeus beats the shit out of Euryalus
  • Wrestling – Big Ajax and Ulysses wrestle for 3 rounds. It ends in a tie
  • Foot Race –
    • 1 – Ulysses
    • 2- Small Ajax
    • 3 – Antilochus
      • Antilochus gets a bonus for kissing Achilles’s ass
  • Spear Duel – Diomed and Ajax fight to a tie. It ends in a draw but Diomed gets a prize
  • Archery – Meriones beats Teucer mostly because Teucer who didn’t pray right
  • Spear Throwing – Agamemnon wins but gives the prize to his herald, Tathybius

The Iliad by Homer – Book 22

The Iliad by Homer – Book 22

Book 22

  • The Trojans were in the city
  • Apollo let Achilles know he had fooled him to let the Trojans in. Hector was standing at the gate
  • Achilles is pissed off that he’d been fooled but realizes he can’t do anything about
  • Achilles makes for the gate. Priam sees this and shouts to Hector – get your ass inside
    • He realizes either Hector can’t hear or he won’t listen
    • He realizes that if this fight actually happens, Hector’s a dead man
  • Priam says that Alexandrus’s greed and Hector’s arrogance has fated Troy to destruction
  • Hector thinks as Achilles approaches him
    • Maybe if I give Helen back, he’ll go away
    • Maybe if I give him half the city’s gold
    • No… Achilles wants to kill me
    • Maybe Jove will help
  • Hector is quaking in his boots and decides to run. Achilles chases him. They ran around the wall 3 times.
  • The god watched this and debated doing something. Jove thought of how loyal Hector had been to him
    • Minerva told him – you can’t change this man’s fate!
    • Jove says – Only joking
  • Achilles can’t quite catch Hector and Hector can’t quite get away from Achilles. As they were coming around again Jove decides he’ll die.
  • Minerva tells Achilles this battle will go his away
  • Then Minerva appears as Hector’s brother, Deiphobus and said – Let’s fight Achilles together
  • Hector – Thanks, buddy! I knew you were my favorite brother.
  • Minerva/Deiphobus – everyone begged me to stay inside but I couldn’t leave you all alone
  • Hector to Achilles – All right, asshole. Let’s have this out once and for all. But let’s treat the loser’s body nicely.
  • Achilles – Don’t worry about that shit. You’ll die soon enough for all the grief you’ve done me
  • He threw a spear at Hector, who dodged it. Minerva got it back for Achilles.
  • Hector – You can forget about me trembling in front of you. If I die, I’ll be facing you.
  • Hector threw a spear and his Achilles’s shield. He noticed that was his only spear and called for Deiphobus to help him out. They he realized
    • Those bastard gods tricked me. They have doomed me. I’ll takes Achilles with me
  • Hector took out his sword and jumped at Achilles.
  • Achilles moved towards him and found a spot on Hector not covered with armor around the collar bone and stabbed him.
  • He approached Hector and said – Tonight, I’ll bury Patroclus and I’ll feed you to the vultures and the dogs.
  • Hector – Please don’t feet me to the dogs. My parents will pay you well.
  • Achilles – No amount of money will stop me from letting this happen. Your parents will never be able to mourn over you.
  • Hector – You are heartless. Paris and Apollo will get you… (He dies)
  • Achilles – Whatever the gods want…
  • Achilles pulled out his spear. Greeks came up to him and congratulated him.
  • He took off Hector’s armor – actually his armor and spoke to the Greeks
    • While I’d like to fight on, I ought to tend to Patroclus. That was my plan. Let’s take Hector’s body with us
  • Achilles poked and prodded the body with his spear. He tied it up to his chariot and dragged it around on the ground on the way back to the ships.
  • Hector’s parents saw this and wept. They begged him to stop.
  • Hector’s wife hadn’t yet heard the news. She was about to start a bath when she heard the crying outside. She found out and started crying uncontrollably – for herself and for her son who’ll never know his father.

The Iliad by Homer – Book 21

The Iliad by Homer – Book 21

  • Achilles chased the Trojans to the river where they split into 2 groups
    • 1 – went back to the city
    • 2 – was pinned against the river where many drowned
  • Achilles attacked and killed so many that the river turned red with the blood
  • He caught sight of a man, Lacaon, Priam’s son, who had been taken prisoner earlier and ransomed. He wasn’t going to give him another chance, particularly after Patroclus’s death
  • Lacaon begged for his life and this disgusted Achilles. He killed him and threw him into the river so that the body would drift off to sea. That way his parents would never be able to mourn for him properly
  • Meanwhile the river god was getting upset about all the bodie
  • A Trojan, Asteropaeus, threw 2 spears at Achilles. 1 grazed his elbow and the other got stuck in the muddy banks of the river
  • As Asteropaeus tried to retrieve it, Achilles killed him
  • Then he chased down a bunch of Trojans when the river god, Scamander, told him to stop throwing bodies in the water.
  • Achilles ignored him and continued killing Trojans
  • The river asked Apollo to do something, with no luck
  • The river threw wave after wave knocking Achilles over, nearly drowning him
  • He held onto a root of a large tree which eventually fell over, damming the river
  • Scamander sent another wave of waves his way and then a spear. Achilles tried to run but the waves continued until he was pulled into the river. He prayed for help
  • Minerva and Neptune reassured him that he wouldn’t down but he had to keep fighting.
  • Scamander and his brother, Simois attacked him more
  • By request from Juno, Vulcan put fires on each side of the river to contain the water and let Achilles go free
  • Jove watched this and laugh. He enjoyed watching the gods fight with each other
  • Mars and Minerva fought. Venus tried to join in but Minerva smacked her so hard on the tits that both Venus and Mars fell over
  • Neptune tried to reason with Apollo
    • Neptune – Why are you helping Troy? They imprisoned us both there. I build their walls and you tended their sheep
    • Apollo left in anger
  • Diana yelled at Apollo, calling him a coward. Juno boxed her ears for this. Diana complains to Jove who isn’t having any of it
  • Priam watched Achilles heading for Troy and began to panic. He ordered that the gate be pulled up to let as many men in as possible.
  • Agenor challenges Achilles but nothing comes of the fight and Apollo whisks him away
  • Apollo draws Achilles away form the walls and gate to allow more Trojans to enter the city.

The Iliad by Homer – Book 20

The Iliad by Homer – Book 20

  • Jove called a meeting of the Gods
  • All right. I’m not participating in this battle anymore. Do whatever you like. Just a warning
  • Achilles is pissed off and won’t stop until Hector’s dead and he’ll probably destroy Troy.
  • The gods chose sides
  • For the Greeks – Juno, Minerva, Neptune, Mercury and Vulcan
  • For the Trojans – Mars, Apollo, Diana, Leto, Xanthus and Venus
  • The gods were ready to join the fight now that there were no restrictions from Jove.
  • Achilles had one thing in his mind – a fight with Hector
  • However, Apollo urged Aeneas to fight Achilles, convincing him:
  • Remember that your mother, Venus is dearer to Jove than Achilles’s mother, Thetis. Don’t
    be afraid of him and all his big talk.
  • Juno warned Neptune about this:
  • Apollo’s put it in Aeneas’s mind to fight Achilles. I don’t like the look of it. Go down and
    make sure things are all right.
  • Neptune warned her that it’s probably not a good idea for gods to get involved in the fight directly.
  • Aeneas and Achilles approached each other.
  • Achilles spoke:
  • Why are you fighting? You know Priam won’t thank you for this. Also, I handed you your ass
    before in battle. Do you want some more?
  • Aeneas responded:
  • Don’t think I’m going to fall for that shit. I know who you are but if we must know more about
    each other’s family tree before the fight, here’s mine…
  • We can insult each other until we are both blue in the face but that won’t get us anywhere.
    Let’s just fight.
  • Aeneas threw his spear and just bounced off of Achilles’s special shield
  • Achilles threw his spear and it went through Aeneas’s shield but missing Aeneas himself. As Achilles
    was about to pounce, Aeneas grabbed a rock… Neptune stepped in and said
  • Poor Aeneas, you’re not going to last in this battle. Apollo’s not going to help you. We can
    take you away from this because you’ve got no chance.
  • Juno said to Neptune:
  • Hey, we’re not trying to save Trojans…
  • Neptune blinded Achilles and took Aeneas away from the fight and spoke to him:
  • What idiot convinced you to fight Achilles? You might be a great warrior but you can’t handle
    him.
  • Achilles snapped out of the saze and wondered what happened. He realized that Aeneas must be protected
    by a god or 2.
  • Achilles rallied the Greeks – Don’t worry about Aeneas. We’ll get the Trojans. They’re panicking.
  • Hector did the same – Don’t let Achilles scare you. He’s all talk.
  • In the fight, Apollo spoke to Hector:
  • Go challenge Achilles in single combat
  • Hector withdrew from combat, afraid of what Apollo had asked him to do. In the meantime, Achilles went
    on a killing spree on his way to find Hector.
  • Achilles chased Hector’s brother, Polydorus – the youngest of Priam’s sons. Polydorus was fast but not
    fast enough to escape death at the hands of Achilles.
  • Hector saw this and began to cry. He got his spear and made for Achilles. Achilles approached him and
    said:
  • I’m not afraid of your words. I know you are a greater fighter than me but this is in the
    hands of the gods.
  • Hector threw his spear but Minerva moved it away. Achilles tried to attack Hector but Apollo stopped
    him. Achilles decided this fight was going nowhere.
  • Achilles killed a few other Trojans while leaving Hector for later.

The Iliad by Homer – Book 19

The Iliad by Homer – Book 19

  • Thetis brought him the armor at dawn.
    • Thetis – You’ve got to stop crying like that I’ve brought you the best armor ever made. Make good use of it
    • Achilles – I like it. I’ll wear it but I’m afraid the flies will spoil Patroclus’s body
    • Thetis – Don’t you worry about that. Just go make up with Agamemnon
  • She put ambrosia on the body to protect it.
  • Achilles addressed the whole of the Greek army
    • Achilles – I log for the time that this fight over Briseis was what bothered me. The Trojans have been profiting over the spat between me and Agamemnon. Let’s call the Greeks to battle. I’ll be joining you today.
    • The Greeks cheered
  • Agamemnon – Jove and his crew are to blame for this. There’s no malice or rancor between Achilles and me. Something must have come over Jove to make us suffer. Now I’ll just give him everything I had promised him.
  • Achilles – You don’t have to worry about all that. That’s not important now. Let’s just kill any Trojan we find.
  • Ulysses – Before we fight, we ought to eat breakfast. Agamemnon can have those gifts presented to Achilles and swear he hasn’t touched Briseis
  • Achilles wasn’t interested in this and insisted on fighting straight away. He wanted revenge right then and there.
  • The gifts were paraded out before Achilles as they ate.
  • The meal ended and the gifts were taken back to the ship
  • The captive girls all mourn Patroclus’s death more than the death of their husbands.
  • Agamemnon and other leaders tried to get Achilles focused.
  • Juno tells Minerva to go make sure he has something to eat. Minerva peps him up with a bit of ambrosia for his strength
  • He put on his new armor piece by piece while he and everyone else admired it
  • His horses Xanthus, promised to do his best even though Achilles is doomed.
  • Achilles understand that but wants revenge anyway

The Iliad by Homer – Book 18

The Iliad by Homer – Book 18

  • Antilochus was on his way to Achilles
  • Achilles watched the battle and wondered around
    • Achilles – The bravest Myrmidon is supposed to die. Patroclus was told not to attack the city…
  • Antilochus arrived and told him the news that Patroclus is dead and there’s a battle of the body and armor.
  • Achilles grabbed dust and rubbed his face with it. He fell over, pulled his hair and waited
  • The cries are so loud that Thetis can hear him from under water. She comes to see him
  • Achilles says to her
    • Achilles – Jove’s protected me but had Patroclus killed. I won’t rest until Hector’s dead
    • Thetis warns him he’ll die if he kills Hector
    • Achilles – I want to die. There’s no meaning to anything anymore. Nothing can stop me from killing Hector
    • Thetis – That’s nice but you don’t have any armor. I’ll get Vulcan to fix you one up. He owes me favor.
  • Meanwhile the Greeks and the Trojans weren’t making any progress against each other for the body and armor.
  • Iris was sent by Juno to go down to the fight while the Greeks were dying to get the body. The Trojans want it for dog food.
  • Achilles – I don’t want to fight without armor. Thetis is fixing one up for me
  • Iris – Still, go down there. Dig a trench. Hoot and holler. Maybe you’ll scare the Trojans a bit.
  • He went down to the trenches and waited for his armor. He and Minerva shouted and scared the hell out of the Trojans. 12 men died from the sound. This gave the Greeks enough time to get the body and bring it to him
  • They put it on a bier and cried as the sun set.
  • Meanwhile the Trojans debated
    • Polydamas – Let’s go back to the city while we can. We’ll be safe there. If not, Achilles is going to go mental on us.
    • Hector – I’m tired of being cooped up. I don’t want to wast the protection that Jove’s given us. We’ll eat and sleep here. Tomorrow, we’ll finish them off. I’ll find Achilles and fight him. Whatever happens happens.
  • The Trojans agreed with Hector and stayed.
  • Meanwhile, the Greeks mourned Patroclus
    • Achilles – I wish I could take you home but I know I’ll die here too. I’ll kill as many Trojans I can in revenge. I won’t bury you until I kill Hector.
  • They cleaned the body, anointed it with oil and wept most of the night
  • Jove to Juno – I see Achilles will fight now just like you want
  • Juno – Achilles was always going to fight for the revenge of Patroclus’s death.
  • Thetis went to Vlucan’s place and spoke to him and his wife Charis. Vulcan made an armor with images of soldiers, city life, country life, victory, heaven and earth.
  • Thetis took this down to Achilles