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King Priam of Troy Armed with good-ashen spear The wise king Priam the father of Paris and Hector condones Paris theft of Helen after he saw the magnitude of her beauty By giving safe haven to Paris and Helen Priam prevented peace from being made King Menelaus of Sparta Fair-haired Paris steals Helen from Menelaus and he subsequently galvanizes all of Greece to unite behind him to reclaim Helen Menelaus fiercely fights Paris yet fails to kill him because Aphrodite pulls a deus ex machina to save him It should be noted that Menelaus is similar to Paris and a foil to Agamemnon because he is a timid non-masculine character King Agamemnon of Mycenae Lord of men King Agamemnons baneful actions of upsetting Achilles for taking his maiden become the cause of heavy Greek casualties After having finally stopped acting like a buffoon Agamemnon gave in and returned Briseis to Achilles in hopes of changing the course of war Agamemnon is similar to Hector in that he is reluctantly pulled into his brothers war Achilles leader of the Myrmidons Swift-footed Achilles the leader of the fierce Myrmidons eventually refuses to fight for the disgraceful Greek generals after being offended by Agamemnon Yet Achilles eventually fights again and is inexorably determined to claim Hectors life after the death of Patroclus Ares god of War The curse of men Ares the most disliked of the entire Olympian pantheon barbarously fights for Hector Eventually the self-conscious god of war is sent home crying by Diomedes and leaves Hector vulnerable to attack Diomedes the god-smiter Master of the war cry Imbued with a gift to attack the divine Diomedes proves himself to be Greeces most courageous warrior by attacking two Olympians First Diomedes cut the hand of Aphrodite as she attempts to help her son Aeneas Later on Diomedes
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