After 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 Argos!"

There were a thousand Trojan campfires and around each fire lay fifty men waiting for the dawn.

Butler

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