cast his spear and it cut through six layers of Aias' shield but the
seventh layer of ox hide stopped it. Aias threw and his spear
pierced Hektor's shield, his cuirass, and ripped his shirt but; he
twisted and escaped death. They each retrieved
their spears. Hektor thrust once more but again
failed to pierce the great shield. Aias' jab broke
through Hektor's shield and nicked him below the ear. Hector
then threw a boulder that crashed into Aias' shield with a great clatter of
bronze. In retaliation Aias threw a boulder which crushed Hektor's shield and
knocked him down backwards. Apollo come to the field and lifted up Hektor
so that he could fight on. The
warriors drew their swords, stood toe to toe, and battled furiously.
Messengers from the gods and men, Idaios and Talthybios, came from
either side and separated the fighting men with staffs.