The Iliad - Book 17 Summary & Analysis

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Book 17 Summary

Menelaos sees Patroklos go down and goes to him to protect the body and armor from Trojan spoilers. A battle develops over his body, until Hector finally wins the armor of Achilles. Zeus allows him to have it, knowing Hector will not be wearing it long.

Achilles is still unaware of what has happened, as a bitter fight continues over his friend's body. Another battle erupts over his horses, which are weeping for the fallen Patroklos. Zeus notices them mourning and pities them, becoming determined that Hector will not have them. He breathes strength into them so they can make it back to the ships and away from the fighting.

Zeus strengthens the Trojans again because he intends for them to push back again toward Achilles. In the meantime, Menelaos sends Antilochos back to the ships to give Achilles the news of his friend's death. Menelaos does...

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