Old Nestor has a few choice words to say to his fellow Greeks for their unwillingness to take on the Trojan hero Hector. He compares their cowardice to his own ‘hard-enduring heart’ which fuelled his courage in his youth.

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‘Wearing this armour he called forth all the bravest to fight him,

but they were all afraid and trembling: none had the courage,

only I, for my hard-enduring heart in its daring

drove me to fight him.’ 

 

Source: Homer, The Iliad of Homer, trans. Richmond Lattimore (Chicago: Chicago UP, 1961 (1951)), book 7, p. 172

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