PANDARUS BROKE THE TRUCE -
A TALE FROM THE ILIAD OF HOMER

Pandarus was a renowned Trojan aristocrat who fought during the Trojan War. His tactician skills helped lead a contingent from Zeleia, and his archery skills helped him win battles against the enemy. Eventually, things took a turn when he was deceived by Athena, who wished for the destruction of Troy, to kill Menelaus, the king of Mycenaean Sparta. Pandarus fails, only wounding Menelaus. This assassination attempt destroyed the potential truce that could have led to the peaceful return of Helen of Troy, ending the Trojan War.

 

While fighting to save his life, Pandarus has another opportunity to kill one of the other opposing leaders, Diomedes. Pandarus attempts to kill Diomedes, but the assasination attempt fails once more. Diomedes quickly retaliates by throwing a spear at Pandarus right into the nose and killing him.


This story is told as twelve separate paintings by Indonesian artist Koen Satyawan based on sketches by American artist Frederick John Kluth.