Helenos, made aware of the gods' wishes, advised Hektor to challenge the greatest Greek hero in a duel to the death.  Hektor went up and down the battle line and forced his men to disengage from battle.  Agamemnon did the same on his side.

In the lull Hektor challenged the Greeks.  Eventually after a shameful silence, Menelaos rose.  Knowing that he would be killed, Agamemnon refused to let his brother fight.

Old Nestor stood up and shamed his fellow Greeks with a tale of his youthful courage.  Agamemnon, Diomedes, the two called Aias, Idonmeneus, Meriones, Eurypylos, Thoas Andraimonides, and Odysseus rose to the challenge.  Nestor placed their lots in a helmet and drew Aias.