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Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Though he is known for his cleverness, Odysseus demonstrates that he is a great fighter on the plains of Troy. Though he is no Achilles or Ajax, he still demonstrates his valor numerous times. As a favorite of Athena, goddess of war, few enemies who antagonize him live to tell the tale. Though Zeus grants the Trojans the better of the fighting for much of the Iliad , and does manage to frighten Odysseus away from battle on a single occasion in Book 8, Odysseus seldom fails to stand out among the Greeks against the oncoming Trojans, refusing to yield until seriously wounded.
He is also crucial in convincing the troops not to pack up and head for home after Agamemnon fails to rouse their fighting spirit to attack after the false dream Zeus sent him. Odysseus first demonstrates his fighting ability in the Iliad in Books 4 and 5, just after the Trojan Pandarus breaks the truce. He sees Leucas, a companion of his, fall by the spear of Antiphus: he strode forward, through the front ranks glowing in his bronze and, sweeping the enemy lines with his eyes, cast his javelin. The Trojans fell back as his spear homed in on Democoon, Priam's bastard son from his horse farm in Abydos.
With the weight of Odysseus' anger behind it the spearpoint entered one temple and came out through the other. Later in the battle, he stands tall with the two Ajaxes and Diomedes against the oncoming Trojans, spurred on by Ares, god of war, and slaughters several Trojans in succession. Later, in Book 11, Odysseus unmistakably displays his great courage in the Greeks' hour of dire need.
With Hector advancing like a madman, approaching the Greek ships, it is Odysseus who has the good sense in the panic to call out to Diomedes, "Diomedes, what's the matter with us? Have we forgotten how to fight? Take a stand here with me. There'll be hell to pay if Hector takes the ships. Suddenly, Paris hits Diomedes with an arrow. Now Odysseus demonstrates that he is capable of holding off the Trojans by himself. He defends Diomedes until he can escape, and then, all alone, with the Trojans closing in, he says to himself: Now what?
It will be bad enough if I lose my nerve and run, but worse yet if I am caught here alone, as I will be, since Zeus has scattered all the Danaans. But why am I talking to myself like this? I know only cowards depart from battle. A real warrior stands his ground whether he is hit or hits another.
However much he helps the Greeks in battle, tenfold he helps the Greeks and himself with his cunning. It is no coincidence that he is sent as the captain of the ship which returns Chryseis, Agamemnon's war prize, when her father, the priest of Apollo, demands her return. Odysseus makes sacrifice to Apollo to free the Greeks from his plague.