As the Greeks gather for war, the goddess Athena rallies them.
‘The Daughter Prince, ash-eyed Athena, flew
Her father’s awning, called the Aegis, blue,
Broad as an upright sky, a second sky
Over their shoulders rippling estuary,
And turned the pad
Of tassel-ankled feet…’
Source: Christopher Logue, War Music: An account of Books 1-4 and 16-19 of Homer’s Iliad, London: Faber and Faber, 2001, p. 79