The Iliad Books 17-18, War Music: GBH (Christopher Logue)

The armour having been stripped from Patroclus’ body, the fight is for the body itself. The Trojans would find this a major trophy (Hector’s plan is to lop the head of Patroclus off and put it atop a stake on the walls of Troy), while the Greek side with the loss of Patroclus’s body would have lost a major symbol for their side. In the end, the Greeks prevail. Only then is it time to send an emissary to Achilles to tell him the terrible news. Even the immortal horses of Achilles weep for him. [Continues on the Iliad Page]

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