In Book 6 of The Iliad, Homer tells of two warriors who came face to face 3000 years ago on the battlefield before the Trojan city walls.
Diomedes was one, a mighty soldier of Agamemnon’s army, a man so huge and powerful most warriors facing him turned tail and ran. Yet the man he faced stood his ground. It was Glaucus, a Trojan ally.
Diomedes, amazed: “Who are you that is brave enough to face me? What is your ancestry? I have never seen you before.”
And as the two began to talk, their weapons were laid aside.
Read the full story: The Two Warriors.
Not only a tale of long ago
Two stories of recent times:
- Whose cheese is it – a story from Israel
- A radical idea for an ancient African conflict: talking to the enemy – a 2019 report from The Guardian.
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