Iliad Characters at a Glance
Achilles, son of a mortal man and a goddess, is the greatest of the Greek warriors. Told by his mother that he must choose between a long peaceful life at home and death with glory in Troy, he chooses the latter and fulfills his destiny.
Trojan prince Hector is the greatest of the Trojan warriors. He defends Troy out of love for his family and his people. He dies with honor after a great battle with Achilles.
Agamemnon, king of Mycenae and brother to Menelaus, leads the Greek forces in battle. Though clever and capable, he is also arrogant and blunders by offending Achilles.
Menelaus, Greek king of Sparta, recruits his brother to help him attack the Trojan citadel to retrieve his wife Helen, who was stolen by Trojan prince Paris.
- Patroclus, friend and mentee of Achilles, dies a hero when he decides to take Achilles’ place in battle; his death at Hector’s hand causes Achilles to rejoin the fight.
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