and Odysseus found the Thracians sleeping in ordered rows with their
king, Rhesos, in the center. Diomedes killed twelve sleeping men
as he approached the sleeping king to kill him. Odysseus,
meanwhile, freed the
Athena appeared to Diomedes
telling him to return to the Greek camp and take with him the king's
war car and team. Diomedes and Odysseus thundered away with the chariot
and the stolen horses.
Apollo saw Athena and
Diomedes and irritated by her; aroused the Trojan, Hippokoon, to raise
Diomedes stopped to claim trophies
taken from Dolon and they returned to the beach in a drumming of
hooves with the horses and their plunder.
Odysseus hung Dolon's blood stained gear
the stern of his ship. He and
Diomedes waded into the sea to wash and cool themselves. After
being bathed in warm water tubs and rubbed with olive oil, they poured
out a libation of wine to Athena.