The mounted Trojans discovered the ditch before the wall contained sharpened stakes and were forced to dismount and carry out the attack on foot.  Asios refused the general order to dismount and charged a gate which was left open for Greek stragglers with his chariot and men.  Polypoites and Leonteus with spears on the ground and Greek warriors on the wall threw rocks and successfully defended the gate.

Intense fighting, beyond description, erupted at all the gates and along the wall.  

An eagle appeared carrying a snake in it's talons as the Trojan army approached the wall in a hail of stones.  The snake bit the eagle and was dropped on the Trojan force.  Poulydamas interpreted it as a bad omen for Troy.

"One and only one portent is best" said Hektor, "defend our fatherland!"

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