A skinny kid who’d just passed for a girl,
You quickly earned a deadly reputation.
The Trojans saw your character unfurl
Before their eyes, less flag than conflagration.
Now many lives would face the arbitration
Offered, O Hidden One, by your long spear.
Your prowess would exceed all expectation.
Your actions would inspire unbounded fear.
And hearts would curse the one who brought you here,
The one who also brought his cleverness.
Who would have then predicted in this sphere
That you would prove the threat that threatened less?
Achilles was a force of nature. Still,
Ulysses’ art would make the final kill.
Niccolò Bambini, Achilles at Skyros