The comparison of the Achaian Achilles and the Trojan general Hektor is, in my opinion, a very close
relationship. Both men are honored beyond any other man in their armies. Both are the fiercest warriors
and the biggest fighters, too. Each man is handsome and a born athlete. The two were the best warriors out
there, hands down.
Hektor seemed to be an older man whoıs more mature. He had a wife, Andromache, and a son, Astyanax.
He was well admired and a prince of his city, Troy. His brother is also a renowned fighter, Paris
(Alexandros). His father Priam, King of Troy, was also a huge man as explained by Homer. ³Huge Priam
came in...² ( Hammond pg 403 book 24 line 474. Also on line 479 ³...when he saw godlike Priam,²
(Hammond pg 403 line 479).
In the field of battle Hektor was the best of the best (until Achilles came). His Descriptions include ³...of
the glinting helmet² (Hammond pg 87 book 3 line 83); ³...Iliosı sole protection² ( Hammond book 6 pg 139
ln 403 and on our worksheet); then, of course, ³...godlike...²( Hammond pg 146 book 7 line 190). Glorious
Hektor has stood up to great Achaians such as powerful Ajax, son of Telamon, who is the second best
Greek fighter. Although he really ³lost² each time to Ajax, he never backed down ( Hammond book 7 lines
236-280; book 13 lines 800-14; book 14 lines 408-418. etc...). Also he was favored by the God Apollo,
Aphrodite, and, at times, Zeus and Ares. Apollo kept him alive a little longer as he ran from ³swift footed
Achilles² around Troy. Apollo kept giving him energy and energy until the end. Also, Hektor was one of
the few Trojans who didnıt care about or believe in signs of gods. Such as in Hammondıs translation book
12 lines 194-248 when he argues with Po!
ulydamus on entering the fort of the Greeks now. Hektor refuses and sends the men in. This leads to the
beginning of the end for him and the Trojans.
Hektor was very powerful and an extremely good fighter. Yet in the end, he needs help from Apollo just to
stay alive longer by running from Achilles. ( Hammond Book 22 pgs 362-364). In the end, the trickery of
Athene and given fate led to the slaying of Hektor and the hands of ³Achilles, loved of Zeus...² (
Hammond Book 22 pg 365 first paragraph).
Achilles was, in a negative way, an arrogant, immature, ³child². He was younger compared to Hektor and
many comrades like Odysseus and Diomedes. I believe this because his attitude of getting what he wants
and pouting if things donıt go his way shows moreover than his sensitive side (Dispute with Agamemnon
and withdrawing from battle until the end. Also calling on his mother Thetis to help him.). On the positive
side his reputation as the most outstanding warrior exceeded his bad sides. He had armor built by the god
Hephaistos (both pairs) ( Hammond pgs 276 and 320-324 & 332). He had a spear only he was strong
enough to wield, and also was the handsomest of the Achaians in Homerıs mind ( Hammond pg 79).
His background, to me , was much more glorious than Hektorıs. His father, Peleus, was a world renowned
sacker of great cities and even did so sometimes with the infamous Heracles( Hammond pg 51 and class
discussion). His grandfather, Aiakos, mustıve been a well-known fighter/runner because they refer to
achilles as ³of Aiakosı stock² when they call Achilles the ³fast runner² (pg 83). He was also a direct son of
Zeus.
Complimenting his role as best warrior of the Achaians, he was commander of the Pelasgians, Argosians,
Pthians, and Hellasians along with his real men, the raging Myrmidons. He was the fastest runner around (
Hammond pgs 232 and 389) which shows on his chasing down Hektor even though the trojanıs legs were
powered by Apollo and obstacles were thrown in Achillesı way. He was determined to kill Hektor in
revenge for the murder of his best friend Patroklos.
Achillesı fate was his own choice. He wanted everlasting glory in the beginning but also wanted to see
Agamemnon suffer ( Hammond pgs 58, 60, 174). After Patroklos was killed and lost his armor Achilles
was enraged