The Triumph Of Achilles

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By Franz Matsch

The IIiad
Book XXII

Hector:”Let it be agreed between us that if Jove vouchsafes me the longer stay and I take your life, I am not to treat your dead body in any unseemly fashion, but when I have stripped you of your armour, I am to give up your body to the Achaeans. And do you likewise.”

Achilles glared at him and answered, “Fool, prate not to me about covenants. There can be no covenants between men and lions, wolves and lambs can never be of one mind, but hate each other out and out an through. Therefore there can be no understanding between you and me, nor may there be any covenants between us, till one or other shall fall and glut grim Mars with his life’s blood. Put forth all your strength; you have need now to prove yourself indeed a bold soldier and man of war. You have no more chance, and Pallas Minerva will forthwith vanquish you by my spear: you shall now pay me in full for the grief you have caused me on account of my comrades whom you have killed in battle.”

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    1. I can’t believe how they fucked this up in the movie. When Hector sees Achilles he runs the fuck away and is chased around Troy three times before another god tricks him into fighting. He tries the whole “let the loser die with dignity” and charges, only to completely fucking miss. Achilles takes him out with one blow and is all like “LOL. Fuck your dignity, pussy” and drags him around the battlefield for days.

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      • Sometimes I wish Hector had just turned to Achilles and said “Yeah, well, it’s awful easy to be a badass when arrows & spears bounce off every part of you save one, so DO IT, FAGGOT.”

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    2. Awesome excerpt bro.
      5 starz

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    3. There can be no covenants between men and lions

      Well tell that to Seigfried and Roy.

      Ok, fine. So they used tigers. Same difference anyway.

      wolves and lambs can never be of one mind, but hate each other out and out an through.

      Achilles really did not understand nature very well. Wolves do not hate lambs. In fact I’m sure they love lamb. Rare.
      And ironically enough, lambs do not hate wolves. Fear them, maybe, but not hate.

      I don’t think Achilles had a particularly good grasp of how nature works.

      I’m just sayin’…

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