The Iliad Book 6 – a reaction

A blog response to Book 6 of The Iliad by Homer for Literature class.

Book 6 of The Iliad was neither a boring nor an interesting read for me. In this Book, the battle basically continues and like I said before, scenes about war are better watched in a film than having to imagine them while reading it in a book. Glaukos and Diomedes get into a fight but eventually they abstain from fighting each other because they are somewhat family friends, as made by their grandparents. And also, Hektor shames Paris in front of Helen.

The battle and short conversation between Glaukos and Diomedes struck me more than any other event in the Book. Diomedes, as shown in earlier parts of the book, is a great warrior. He killed plenty of Trojan soldiers and Trojan champions. However, when he saw Glaukos, he saw a young boy whom he probably did not see as worth his time because Diomedes as a great warrior must be particular about his opponents, he would not fight some one in a one on one battle unless he thinks they are worth his time. When he saw Glaukos, he first asked him who he was because he looked too young and unworthy of fighting Diomedes. Glaukos told him who he was and in their conversation they found out that their families were friends, dating back to the time of their grandparents. The conversation ended in both men agreeing not to fight each other and an exchanging of armor. This conversation struck me because Glaukos was very lucky. Being the great warrior he is, Diomedes could have torn him apart in pieces easily. Then just like in other movies and books, they (or just Diomedes) will find out that the other man was his friend and will regret killing him entirely. Also, it is nice how two enemies can abstain from killing each other right that moment. They are in the middle of fighting a war for their own countries but because of their grandparents’ friendship, two lives were saved on that day.


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