Antilochus

Dead Antilochus carried in the chariot of Nestor

In Greek mythology, Antilochus (also transliterated as Antílokhos, Αντίλοχος) was the son of Nestor and a good friend of Achilles. Among the Trojans he killed were Ablerus, Atymnius, Phalces, and Thoon. At the funeral games of Patroclus, Antilochus came second in the chariot race and third in the foot race.

Nestor's son could not keep the tears
out of his eyes. In his heart he was remembering
valiant Antilochus, killed by Dawn's courageous son.

Odyssey

He was killed in the Trojan War by Memnon. the son of Dawn

Antilochos the fourth driver, the glorious son of Nestor, that king of lofty heart, the son of Neleus, got ready his horses with gleaming coats. Swift horses born in the land of Pylos drew his chariot. And his father, standing by his side, giving good advice to one who was himself naturally prudent, spoke wisely thus: `Antilochos, although you are very young, Zeus and Poseidon have both loved you and taught you all kinds of skills at driving a chariot; therefore we need not teach you, for you know how skilfully to turn around the post. But your horses are the slowest. I therefore think that the race will be sorrowful to you. True, their horses are swifter, but the drivers do not know more than you. And so, my son, contrive a plan in your heart, so that the prize will not elude you ... Drive chariot and horses so close to this (the post) as to graze it, and lean the well wrought car slightly to the left horse, and calling upon the right horse by name, prick him with your goad and let out its reins from your hand. Let your horses graze the post so that the hub of the well fashioned wheel will seem to touch it. But avoid making contact with the stone, so that you will not injure your horses and wreck your chariot, which would be a joy for your opponents and a distress to you. Homer Iliad XXIII

Odyssey IV, 188; Iliad XXIII, 423, 541, 556.


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