nightfall, in a place free from the dead bodies that littered the
battlefield, Hektor addressed the Trojans. He told them that the
Greeks had only escaped defeat because of the failing light. He
invited them to feast themselves and their horses. For, he said,
the Greeks could not sail away in the night and the next morning they
would be defeated.
"Would I were sure of
being immortal, ageless all my days, and reverenced like Athena and
Apollo, as it is sure this day will bring defeat on those of
There were a thousand Trojan
campfires and around each fire lay fifty men waiting for the dawn.