During the Trojan War, Lycaon was captured by Achilles while cutting branches in Priam's orchard. Achilles sold him as a slave to Euneus of Lemnos, but Eetion of Imbros bought him and took him back to Troy. Only twelve days later, he faced Achilles in battle, during Achilles' terrible wrath after the death of Patroclus. Lycaon grasped Achilles' knees and begged for mercy, either in exchange for a ransom or in memory of Patroclus' gentle nature;Achilles answered that in one way or another, we all are fathed to death, even him that was vigorous and strong. Lycaon, then took the bravest decision of his life: he did step back and did let Achilles to end with his life like a warrior. That distance was what made Lycaon a real man.
- Homer. Iliad, XXI, 35–155.
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