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.
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!"