Troy, Warner Bros., Helena Productions, Latina Pictures, Radiant Productions, Plan B Entertainment, Nimar Studios

Trojan War

Troy, Warner Bros., Helena Productions, Latina Pictures, Radiant Productions, Plan B Entertainment, Nimar Studios

Warner Bros. original film Troy was released May 14th, 2004.

#Troy cleared $497.4M at the international box office.

rottentomatoes: 53%

metacritic: 56

imdb: 7.3

oscars: 1 nomination

Achilles, Troy, Amazon Prime Video, Warner Bros., Helena Productions, Latina Pictures, Radiant Productions, Plan B Entertainment, Nimar Studios, Brad Pitt


Mighty Achilles fights in the Greco-Persian wars outside of Troy, Turkey.

Achilles, Troy, Amazon Prime Video, Warner Bros., Helena Productions, Latina Pictures, Radiant Productions, Plan B Entertainment, Nimar Studios, Brad Pitt

“I was having a good dream. A very good dream. I’ll speak to your king in the morning. I wouldn’t be bothering with the shield then, would I? That’s why no one will remember your name.” — Achilles

“Perhaps you should fight him. Imagine a king who fights his own battles. Wouldn’t that be a sight? Is there no one else? Is there no one else?! Achilles. Son of Peleus. He’s not my king.” — Achilles

“Never hesitate. Petrified. Yes. When you know how to use it, you won’t be taking my orders. Patroclus, my cousin. Odysseus, King of Ithaca. Are you here at Agamemnon’s bidding? I will not fight for him. Why? Are the Greeks tired of fighting each other? The Trojans never harmed me. They insulted one Greek, a man who couldn’t hold on to his wife. What business is that of mine? Is it? The man has no honor. Play your tricks on me, but not my cousin.” — Achilles

“Mother… tonight I decide.” — Achilles

“They brought us here for war, didn’t they? You fight for me, Eudorus, or Agamemnon? Then fight for me, and let the servants of Agamemnon fight for him.” — Achilles

“Patroclus! Put down your spear. Not today. And you’re a good student. But you’re not a Myrmidon yet. Look at these men. They are the fiercest soldiers in all of Greece. Each of them has bled for me. You will guard the ship. Cousin, I can’t fight the Trojans if I’m concerned for you. Guard the ship.” — Achilles

“Myrmidons, my brothers of the sword. I’d rather fight beside you than any army of thousands. Let no man forget how menacing we are. We are lions! Do you know what’s there, waiting, beyond that beach? Immortality! Take it! It’s yours! On my command! Flank, Tecton! The sun god is a patron of Troy, our enemy. Take whatever treasure you can find. Speak. Warn the men. Wait.” — Achilles

“You’re very brave or very stupid to come after me alone. You must be Hector. Do you know who I am? Why kill you now, Prince of Troy, with no one here to see you fall? They’ll be talking about this war for a thousand years. Yes, prince. But our names will remain. Go home, prince. Drink some wine, make love to your wife. Tomorrow, we’ll have our war.” — Achilles

“Perhaps your brother can comfort them. I hear he’s good at charming other men’s wives. It’s too early in the day for killing princes.” — Achilles

“Ajax. As am I. If you sailed any slower, the war would be over. What’s your name? Did you not hear me? I’ve killed men in five countries, never a priest. What is he waiting for? His priests are dead, and his acolytes are captive. I think your god is afraid of me. Then where is he? I know more about the gods than your priests. I’ve seen them. You’re royalty, aren’t you? Spent years talking down to men. You must be royalty. What’s your name? Even the servants of Apollo have names. Are you afraid, Briseis? You fought well today. What would all men want? I just want it more. You don’t need to fear me, girl. You’re the only Trojan who can say that.” — Achilles

“Apparently, you won some great victory. You can have the beach. I didn’t come here for sand. Perhaps the kings were too far behind to see. The soldiers won the battle. Be careful, king of kings. First, you need the victory. You want gold, take it. It’s my gift to honor your courage. Take what you wish. I have no argument with you, brothers, but if you don’t release her, you’ll never see home again. Decide. You sack of wine! Before my time is done, I will look down on your corpse and smile.” — Achilles

“Let them march. We stay. We stay till Agamemnon groans to have Achilles back. Are you ready to fight? Are you ready to kill? To take life? At night, I see their faces, all the men I’ve killed. They’re standing there on the far bank of the River Styx. They’re waiting for me. They say, ‘welcome, brother.’ We men are wretched things. I taught you how to fight, but I never taught you why to fight. Who will you fight for when I’m gone? Soldiers, they fight for kings they’ve never even met. They do what they’re told; they die when they’re told to die. Don’t waste your life following some fool’s orders. Go.” — Achilles

“Pull back, you fool! Get them in line!” — Achilles

“Are you hurt? I watched you fight them, you have courage. Eat. No, you haven’t. And you hate these soldiers. Trojan soldiers died trying to protect you. Perhaps they deserve more than your pity. What life? I chose nothing. I was born, and this is what I am. And you? Why did you choose to love a god? I think you’ll find the romance one-sided. You’ve dedicated your life to the gods– Zeus, god of thunder, Athena, goddess of wisdom. You serve them. And Ares, god of war, who blankets his bed with the skin of men he’s killed? I’ll tell you a secret– something they don’t teach you in your temple. The gods envy us. They envy us because we’re mortal. Because any moment might be our last. Everything’s more beautiful because we’re doomed. You will never be lovelier than you are now. We will never be here again.” — Achilles

“Do it. Nothing is easier. Everyone dies. Today or 50 years from now, what does it matter? Many.” — Achilles

“Tell the men to start loading the ship. We’re going home. The man sends you to make his apologies? What are you doing enthralled to that pig of a king? Are we supposed to fear him? Greece got along fine before I was born, and Greece will be Greece long after I’m dead. Things are less simple today. Of all the kings of Greece, I respect you the most, but in this war, you’re a servant.” — Achilles

“We sail in the morning. If it’s fighting you still long for, there’ll always be another war. That I promise you. Someone has to lose.” — Achilles

Agamemnon, Troy, Amazon Prime Video, Warner Bros., Helena Productions, Latina Pictures, Radiant Productions, Plan B Entertainment, Nimar Studios, Brian Cox

King Agamemnon

“Good day for the crows. I like your land. I think we’ll stay. I like your soldiers, too. That’s what the Messenians said. And the Arcadians. And the Epeians. Now… they all fight for me. I don’t want to watch another massacre. Let’s settle this war in the old manner. Your best fighter against my best. We’ll leave Thessaly for good. Achilles! Careful who you insult, old king. Where is he?!”

“Perhaps we should have our war tomorrow when you’re better rested. I should have you whipped for your impudence. Of all the warlords loved by the gods, I hate him the most.”

“Well, of course you do. She’s a beautiful woman. I thought you wanted peace with Troy. Peace is for the women… and the weak. Empires are forged by war. Never. You’re a man of honor.”

“I always thought my brother’s wife was a foolish woman, but she’s proved to be very useful. Old King Priam thinks he’s untouchable behind his high walls. He thinks the sun god will protect him. But the gods protect only… the strong! If Troy falls… I control… the Aegean. I’ll attack them with the greatest force the world has ever seen. I want all the Kings of Greece and their armies. Send emissaries in the morning. Achilles. He can’t be controlled. He’s as likely to fight us as the Trojans. Yes, he’s a gifted killer. But he threatened everything I’ve built. Before me, Greece was nothing. I brought all the Greek kingdoms together. I created a nation out of fire worshippers and snake eaters! I build the future, Nestor. Me! Achilles is the past. A man who fights for no flag, a man loyal to no country. There’s only one man he’ll listen to.”

“What’s the fool doing? He’s going to take the beach of Troy with 50 men? The man wants to die.”

“A beautiful gift, Triopas. You will be among the first to walk in the streets of Troy tomorrow. Thank you, old friend. Tomorrow, we’ll eat supper in the gardens of Troy. Leave us.”

“Ah, perhaps you didn’t notice. The Trojan beach belonged to Priam in the morning. It belongs to Agamemnon in the afternoon. No, you came here because you want your name to last through the ages. A great victory was won today. But that victory is not yours. Kings did not kneel to Achilles. Kings did not pay homage to Achilles. History remembers kings, not soldiers! Tomorrow, we’ll batter down the gates of Troy. I’ll build monuments to victory on every island of Greece. I’ll carve Agamemnon in the stone. Your men sacked the temple of Apollo, yes? I already have. Aphareus! Haemon! The spoils of war. Mighty Achilles, silenced by a slave girl. Tonight… I’ll have her give me a bath. And then… who knows?”

“Move. I see you’re not hiding behind your high walls. Valiant of you. Ill-advised, but valiant. We’ve come too far, Prince Hector. Not yet, brother. Look around you, Hector. I brought all the warriors of Greece to your shores. I have two wishes. If you grant them, no more of your people need die. First, you must give Helen back to my brother. Second, Troy must resubmit to my command to fight for me whenever I call. Careful, boy. My mercy has limits. Then every son of Troy shall die. A brave offer, but not enough.”

“I didn’t come here for your pretty wife. I came here for Troy. So be it. Back to the line! The Trojans have violated the agreement! Prepare for battle!”

“Forward. Forward! Keep going! My army has never lost a battle yet! Back to the ships!”

“They’re laughing at me in Troy. Drunk with victory! They think I’ll sail home at first light. Flee? Like a whipped dog? My brother’s blood still wets the sand, and you insult him! Achilles is one man. Hector fights for his country! Achilles fights only for himself! Well, even if I could make peace with Achilles, the man won’t listen to me! He’s as likely to spear me as to speak to me! He can have the damn girl. I haven’t touched her. I gave her to the men. They need some amusement after today.”

Menelaus, Troy, Amazon Prime Video, Warner Bros., Helena Productions, Latina Pictures, Radiant Productions, Plan B Entertainment, Nimar Studios, Brendan Gleeson

Menelaus, King of Sparta

“Princes of Troy, on our last night together, Queen Helen and I salute you. We’ve had our conflicts before, it’s true. We fought many battles, Sparta and Troy. And fought well! But I have always respected your father. Priam is a good king, a good man. I respected him as an adversary, I respect him now as my ally. Hector, Paris, young princes. Come, stand. Drink with me. Let us drink to peace. May the gods keep the wolves in the hills and the women in our beds. For the gods.”

“Where is she? I swear by the father of the gods, I will gut you here if you don’t tell me! The Trojans? Get my ship ready.”

“I want her back. I want her back so I can kill her with my own two hands. And I won’t rest until I’ve burned Troy to the ground. I should have listened to you. All my life I’ve stood by your side, fought your enemies. You’re the elder, you reap the glory. This is the way of the world. But have I ever complained, brother? Have I ever asked you for anything? Will you go to war with me, brother?”

“Prince? What prince? What son of a king would accept a man’s hospitality, eat his food, drink his wine, embrace him in friendship, and then steal his wife in the middle of the night? She’s up there watching, isn’t she? Good. I want her to watch you die.”

“Let me kill this little peacock. And I came for my honor. His every breath insults me. Let me kill him. When he’s lying in the dust, give the signal to attack. You’ll have your city. I’ll have my revenge. I accept your challenge, and tonight I’ll drink to your bones. See the crows? They never tasted prince before. Is this… what you left me for?! Fight! Fight me! You coward! Fight me! We have a pact! Fight! Coward! Fight me! Fight! This is not honor! This is not worthy of royalty! If he doesn’t fight, Troy is doomed. The fight is not over. Stand back, Prince Hector. I’ll kill him at your feet. I don’t care!”

Helen of Troy, Troy, Amazon Prime Video, Warner Bros., Helena Productions, Latina Pictures, Radiant Productions, Plan B Entertainment, Nimar Studios, Diane Kruger

Helen of Troy

“You shouldn’t be here. Last night was a mistake. I’ve made many mistakes this week.”

“They’re beautiful. But I can’t wear them. Menelaus would kill us both. I’m not afraid of dying. I’m afraid of tomorrow. I-I’m afraid of watching you sail away and knowing you’ll never come back. Before you came to Sparta, I was a ghost. I walked, and I ate, and I swam in the sea… but I was just a ghost. Don’t play with me. Don’t play.”

“They’re coming for me. The wind is bringing them closer. And go where? But this is your home. Sparta was never my home. My parents sent me there when I was 16 to marry Menelaus. But it was never my home. And your family? Menelaus won’t give up. He’ll track us to the end of the world. You don’t know Menelaus. You don’t know his brother. They’ll burn every house in Troy to find us. They’ll never believe we left. And even if they do, they’ll burn it for spite. You’re very young, my love.”

“Let me go. I saw them burn. I saw them burning on the pyres. That’s my fault. It is. You know it is. All those widows. I still hear them screaming. Their husbands died because I’m here. I’m going down to the ships. I’m giving myself back to Menelaus. Paris is going to fight in the morning? Menelaus will kill him. I won’t let that happen. No. I can’t ask anyone to fight for me. I’m no longer queen of Sparta.”

“For love. You challenged a great warrior. That took courage. Menelaus was a brave man. He lived for fighting. And every day I was with him, I wanted to walk into the sea and drown. I don’t want a hero, my love. I want a man I can grow old with.”

Priam, Troy, Amazon Prime Video, Warner Bros., Helena Productions, Latina Pictures, Radiant Productions, Plan B Entertainment, Nimar Studios, Peter O'Toole

King Priam

“My son. Paris. Helen? Helen of Sparta? I’ve heard rumors of your beauty. For once, the gossips were right. Welcome. Come, you must be tired. The young men of Troy were devastated when Briseis chose the virgin robes.”

“It is the will of the gods. Everything is in their hands. But I’m surprised you let him bring her. We could send peace envoys to Menelaus. What would you have me do? Women have always loved Paris, and he has loved them back, but this is different. Something has changed in him. If we send her home to Menelaus, he will follow her. Enemies have been attacking us for centuries. Our walls still stand. Apollo watches over us. Even Agamemnon is no match for the gods. Do not mock the gods.”

“Glaucus… you have fought with me for 40 years. Can we win this war? Hector, show respect. A high priest is a servant of the gods. Paris!”

“Do you love her? I’ve fought many wars in my time. Some were fought for land, some for power, some for glory. I suppose fighting for love makes more sense than all the rest, but I won’t be the one fighting. My father carried this sword, and his father before him, all the way back to the finding of Troy. The history of our people was written with this sword. Carry it with you tomorrow. The spirit of Troy is in that sword. So long as a Trojan carries it, our people have a future.”

“Helen. Sit with me. Fight him, son… … fight him.”

Hector, Troy, Amazon Prime Video, Warner Bros., Helena Productions, Latina Pictures, Radiant Productions, Plan B Entertainment, Nimar Studios, Eric Bana

Prince Hector

“To peace. Between Troy and Sparta.”

“Sometimes the gods bless you in the morning and curse you in the afternoon. The last time you spoke to me like this, you were ten years old, and you’d just stolen father’s horse. What have you done now?”

“Turn us ’round. Back to Sparta. You fool. Do you know what you’ve done?! Do you know how many years our father worked for peace? It’s all a game to you, isn’t it? You roam from town to town bedding merchant’s wives and temple mates. And you think you know something about love. What about your father’s love? You spat on him when you brought her on this ship! What about the love for your country? You’d let Troy burn for this woman? I won’t let you start a war for her. To Sparta? They’ll kill you. Oh, and that sounds heroic to you, doesn’t it? To die fighting? Tell me, little brother, have you ever killed a man? Ever seen a man die in combat? I’ve killed men, and I’ve heard them dying, and I’ve watched them dying, and there’s nothing glorious about it. Nothing poetic. Yo1u say you want to die for love, but you know nothing about dying, and yo1u know nothing about love! You already have. To Troy!”

“Father. He’s grown1. Briseis. A servant of Apollo now.”

“Father, I know this is 000.the last thing we need. If I had let him fight Menelaus for h0er, you’d be burning your son’s body instead of welcoming a daughter. You know Menelaus. He’d spear their heads to his gate. Put her on a ship and send her home. This is my country, and these are my countrymen. I don’t want to see them suffer so my brother can have his prize. And it’s not just the Spartans coming after her. By now, Menelaus has gone to Agamemnon. And Agamemnon has wanted to destroy us for years. Father, we can’t win this war. And how many battalions does the sun god command?”

“Look at that. Hey? Tecton. Is the Apollonian Guard ready? Good. I’ll be right there. Lysander. How long before the army is ready? How long? Make it sooner.”

“Trojans! All my life, I’ve loved by a code. And the code is simple– honor the gods, love your woman, and defend your country. Troy is mother to us all. Fight for her!”

“Those men down there need help. Now! Tecton, with me.”

“These priests weren’t armed. Fight me! Why did you come here? In a thousand years, the dust from our bones will be gone. You speak of war as if it’s a game. But how many wives wait at Troy’s gates for husbands they’ll never see again?”

“Bird signs. You want to plan a strategy based on bird signs. And I am a servant of Troy. I’ve always honored the gods, father, you know that. But today I fought one a Greek who desecrated the statue of Apollo. Apollo didn’t strike the man down. The gods won’t fight this war for us.”

“The man who killed Tecton outside Apollo’s temple– I’ve never seen a spear thrown like that. An impossible throw. Paris fights tomorrow, not me. You’d make a fine general, my love. You know I don’t want to fight. I want to see my son grow tall. I want to see the girls chasing after him. I must see Paris.”

“Wait. Wait! Helen… what are you doing? No. No, you’re not. It’s too late for that. Do you think Agamemnon cares about his brother’s marriage? This is about power, not love. Yes. It’s his decision. You’re a princess of Troy now… and my brother needs you tonight.”

“Are you sure you want to do this? You come here uninvited. Go back to your ships and go home. You want me to look upon your army and tremble? Well, I see them. I see 50,000 men brought here to fight for one man’s greed. And I’ve seen the limits of your mercy. And I tell you now, no son of Troy will ever submit to a foreign ruler. Make him swing and miss– he’ll tire. I will. You think of your sword and his sword and nothing else. Get up. Come on. The fight is over. He’s my brother. Paris! Go. Go. Get inside, Paris! Archers!”

“For Troy! Front line, push! Forward! Men, fall back! Halt! Go back! Halt! We’re in the range of their archers. Have our men gather our fallen. Send an emissary to the Greeks. Tell them they can collect their dead. Go! Back!”

Paris, Troy, Amazon Prime Video, Warner Bros., Helena Productions, Latina Pictures, Radiant Productions, Plan B Entertainment, Nimar Studios, Orlando Bloom


“That’s what you said last night. And the night before? Do you want me to go?”

“Pearls from the Sea of Propontis. Don’t be afraid of him. You don’t have to fear tomorrow. Come with me. If you come, we’ll never be safe. Men will hunt us, the gods will curse us. But I’ll love you. Till the day they burn my body, I will love you.”

“A beautiful morning. Poseidon has blessed our voyage. Do you love me, brother? Would you protect me against any enemy? I must show you something.”

“Wait, wait. Listen to me– I love her. May I speak? What you say is true. I’ve wronged you, I’ve wronged our father. If you want to take Helen back to Sparta, so be it. But I go with her. Then I’ll die fighting. No. No. All the same… I go with her. I won’t ask you to fight my war.”

“Father… this is Helen. Helen of Troy. Briseis! Beloved cousin, your beauty grows with each new moon.”

“What if we left? Tonight… right now. What if we went down the stables, took two horses and left? Ride east, keep riding. Away from here. I could hunt dee, rabbit. I could feed us. You left your home for me. We’ll live off the land. No more palaces for us. No more servants. We don’t need any of that. We’d be protecting my family. If we’re not here, what need is there for war? He doesn’t know these lands. I do. We can lose ourselves in a day. Then I’ll make it easy for him to find me. I’ll walk right up to him and tell him you’re mine.”

“There won’t be a war. This is not a conflict of nations. It is a dispute between two men. And I don’t want to see another Trojan die because of me. Tomorrow morning, I will challenge Menelaus for the right to Helen. The winner will take her home. The loser will burn before nightfall.”

“Father… I’m sorry for the pain I caused you. You are a great king because you love your country so much. Every blade of grass. Every grain of sand. Every rock in the river. You love all of Troy. That is the way I love Helen. The sword of Troy.”

“I started this war. The sun was shining when your wife left you. There is another way. I love Helen. I won’t give her up and neither will you. So let us fight our own battle. The winner takes Helen home. And let that be the end of it. Brother… if I fall… tell Helen, tell her… don’t let Menelaus hurt her. If he…”

“You think I’m a coward. I am a coward. I knew he would kill me. You were watching. My father… my brother… all of Troy. Shame didn’t matter. I gave up my pride… my honor… …just to live. I betrayed you. Hector is one man. Look what he did to us today.”

Odysseus, Troy, Amazon Prime Video, Warner Bros., Helena Productions, Latina Pictures, Radiant Productions, Plan B Entertainment, Nimar Studios, Sean Bean

Odysseus, King of Ithaca

“Men are haunted by the vastness of eternity. And so we ask ourselves, will our actions echo across the centuries? Will strangers hear our names long after we’re gone and wonder who we were, how bravely we fought, how fiercely we loved?”

“Your reputation for hospitality is fast becoming legend. Patroclus. I knew your parents well. I miss them. Now you have this one watching over you, eh? Learning from Achilles himself. Kings would kill for the honor. We need to talk. I’m not asking you to fight for him. I’m asking you to fight for the Greeks. For now. They insulted Greece. Your business is war, my friend. Let Achilles fight for honor. Let Agamemnon fight for power. And let the gods decide which man to glorify. Forget Agamemnon. Fight for me. My wife will feel much better if she knows you’re by my side. I’ll feel much better.”

“We’re sending the largest fleet that ever sailed. A thousand ships. The best of all the Trojans. Some say he’s better than all the Greeks, too. Even if your cousin doesn’t come, I hope you’ll join us, Patroclus. We could use a strong arm like yours. You have your sword, and I have my tricks. We play with the toys the gods give us. We sail for Troy in three days. This war will never be forgotten. Nor will the heroes who fight in it.”

“I don’t mind missing the start as long as I’m here at the end.”

“War is young men dying, and old men talking. You know this. Ignore the politics.”

“Our men are too close to the walls. Get the men back into lines! We need to retreat! You won’t have an army if you don’t fall back! Back! Go back! Retreat! Get back! Get back to the ships!”

“Maybe we should. The men believe we came here for Menelaus’s wife. Won’t be needing her anymore. It’s no insult to say a dead man is dead. If we stay, we stay here for the right reasons– to protect Greece, not your pride. Your private battle with Achilles is destroying us. I don’t care about the man’s allegiance, I care about his ability to win battles. I’ll talk to him. Where is she?”

“Agamemnon is a proud man, but he knows when he’s made a mistake. The world seems simple to you, my friend, but when you’re king, very few choices are simple. Ithaca cannot afford an enemy like Agamemnon. You don’t fear anyone that’s your problem. Fear is useful. We need you back. Greece needs you. I’m not talking about the land. The men need you. Stay, Achilles. You were born for this war. Women have a way of complicating things. Sometimes you have to serve in order to lead. I hope you understand that one day.”

Briseis, Troy, Amazon Prime Video, Warner Bros., Helena Productions, Latina Pictures, Radiant Productions, Plan B Entertainment, Nimar Studios, Rose Byrne



“You killed Apollo’s priests. Well, then your men did. The sun god will have his vengeance. The right time to strike. Afraid? Apollo is master of the sun. He fears nothing. Oh, you’re nothing but a killer! You wouldn’t know anything about the gods. Briseis. Should I be? What do you want here in Troy? You didn’t come for the Spartan queen.”

“Stop! Too many men have died today. If killing is your only talent, that’s your curse. I don’t want anyone dying for me.”

“To fight back when people attack me– a dog has that kind of courage. I’ve known men like you my whole life. You think you’re so different from a thousand others? Soldiers understand nothing but war. Peace confuses them. I pity them. Why did you choose this life? To be a great warrior. Do you enjoy provoking me? Yes, of course. All the gods are to be feared and respected. I thought you were a dumb brute. I could have forgiven a dumb brute.”

“Aren’t you afraid? You’ll kill more men if I don’t kill you.”


“Achilles. Achilles? Look at the men’s faces. You can save hundreds of them. You can end this war with a swing of your sword. Let them go home to their wives.”

“The Trojans have never been conquered. Some say they can’t be conquered. Hector commands the finest army in the east. One last thing. We need Achilles and his Myrmidons. We don’t need to control him, we need to unleash him. That man was born to end lives. How many battles have we won off the edge of his sword? This’ll be the greatest war the world has ever seen. We need the greatest warrior.”

“Black sail. It’s Achilles.”

“My father, Naleus, had this urn made to commemorate his victory Cyparisseis. I present it to you in honor of an even more memorable victory.”

“You can still save Troy, young prince.”

“If we leave now, we lose all credibility. If the Trojans can beat us so easily, how long before the Hittites invade? He’s right. The men’s morale is weak. He’ll want the girl back.”


“If they want a war, we will give them a war. I would match the best of Troy against the best of Greece any day. Our walls have never been breached. We have the finest archers in the world. And we have Hector. Yes… we can win.”

“Now! Apollonians! Prince Hector!”


“Nervous? You told me never to change sword hands. For the Greeks! Prince Hector, is he as good a warrior as they say?”

“But I’m fighting the Trojans, cousin. But I’m ready. You taught me how to fight. But this is a war!”

“I am. I fight for you. Soldiers obey.”

“We’re going home? Greeks are being slaughtered. We can’t just sail away. These are our countrymen. You betray all of Greece just to see Agamemnon fall.”

Princess Andromache

“Look. He’s strong.”

“Don’t go tomorrow. Please don’t go. 50,000 Greeks didn’t cross the sea to watch your brother fight. You know this. You’ve been fighting your whole life. Let other men do battle this time. I can’t lose you. I won’t survive.”


“I knew they would come for you. Long before you were born, I knew they would come. They want you to fight in Troy. I’m making you another seashell necklace. Like the ones I used to make you when you were a boy. Do you remember? If you stay in Larissa… you will find peace. You’ll find a wonderful woman. You will have sons and daughters, and they will have children. And they will love you. And when you are gone, they will remember you. But when your children are dead, and their children after them… your name will be lost. If you go to Troy, glory will be yours. They will write stories about your victories for thousands of years. The world will remember your name. But if you go to Troy… you will never come home. For your glory walks hand-in-hand with your doom. And I shall never see you again.”


“My lord? Should we wait for the others? Yes, but Agamemnon’s orders– for you, my lord.”

“Forward! Break off! Break off! With your permission, my lord. Apollo sees everything. Perhaps… perhaps it is not wise to offend him.”

“My lord, you let him go? My lord. I’ve got something to show you. The men found her hiding in the temple. They thought she’d, um… …amuse you.”

“My lord. Agamemnon requests your presence. The kings are gathering to celebrate the victory. My lord.”

“My lord. My lord, the army is marching. But the men are ready. As you wish.”

“My lord, there’s… gather the stores. Prepare the ship.”


“Look at him. Look. Row, you lazy whores, row! Greeks are dying! Row!”

“Achilles. You’re as fearless as the gods. I’m honored to go to war with you.”


“Remove your army from my land. They won’t fight for you. You can’t have the whole world, Agamemnon. It’s too big, even for you. And if my man wins? Boagrius! Boagrius has this effect on many heroes.”

“Who are you, soldier? Achilles? I’ll remember the name. The ruler of Thessaly carries this scepter. Give it to your king.”

“You have won a great victory, king of kings. No one though the Trojan beach could be captured so easily.”

Messenger Boy

“King Agamemnon sent me. He needs to dis… but, my lord, it is morning. They’re waiting for you. Are the stories about you true? They say your mother is an immortal goddess. They say you can’t be killed. The Thessalonian you’re fighting–he’s the biggest man I’ve ever seen. I wouldn’t want to fight him.”


“Achilles! Achilles! Achilles! Achilles! Achilles! Achilles! Achilles! Achilles…! Achilles! Achilles! Achilles! Achilles…!”

“Brothers in arms! Friendship! Friendship! Brothers in arms! Friendship! Carry on.”

“My King! She left. With the Trojans. The fisherman here saw her board their ship. With the young prince, Paris. She… about ship! Set sail!”


“Achilles! Achilles! Achilles…! Achilles!”

“Achilles, Achilles…”

“Prepare to halt! Halt! My lord.”

“Back to the ships! Retreat! Fall back!”

“Come on, give the bitch to me! Hey, who’s first? Here! Trojan whore! What’s this, a virgin’s robe? Won’t be needing that much longer! Hold her! Better to be a Spartan slave than a Trojan… Achilles!”


“Drop sail! Higher on the sail!”

“Take up your positions! Make way there! Make way!”

“Waiting at the city gates.”

“Half of our men are still coming in from the countryside. We have to arm them, we have to match them… noon.”

“Back to the city! Back to the city!”

“The best of Greece outnumber the best of Troy two to one.”

“I spoke to two farmers today. They saw an eagle flying with a serpent clutched in its talons. This is a sign from Apollo. We will win a great victory tomorrow.”

“For Troy! Loose!”

“But, my prince, we have them on the run! Would they have done the same for us? Fall back into line!”




“My King? Achilles is not with the army. I sent a boy to look for him.”

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