Hailing from the land of Lycia in Asia Minor, the legendary hero Sarpedon was renowned on both sides of the Aegean for his valour and prowess in battle. A formidable warrior who inspired terror in the enemy and courage in his men, he was said to be the son of the almighty Zeus himself.
The Iliad celebrates the Lycian ruler as a fearless commander who contributed to many victories, and whose fighting spirit rivalled that of Hector. When his Trojan allies led the charge against the newly-built Achaean wall, Sarpedon and his steadfast Lycians held the battlements and were the first to enter the rival camp. He was faithful to his friends and merciless to those who opposed him, waging war with the might of the king of the gods flowing through his veins.
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