Famed with good reason – see his bringing another warrior to meet his ‘dark-named destiny’.  However, the most graphic and distressing spearing I recall from the Iliad is by Patroclus, Achilles’ great pal.  And that’s before we let loose the arrows of Artemis

See also the bestellar reviews, complete with rich quote-mosaics, of Adam Nicolson’s magnificent Why Homer Matters and Logue’s War Musica muscular rendition of several books of the Iliad. 


‘So spear-famed Idomeneus held his ground, and would not give way

to Aineias coming against him, but bellowed to his companions…’


Source: Homer, The Iliad of Homer, trans. Richmond Lattimore (Chicago: Chicago UP, 1961 (1951)), book XIII, p. 284


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