battalions ranged in armor with greathearted Patroclus,
moving out now, the fury bursting inside them,
suddenly charged the Trojans –
they swarmed forth like wasps from a roadside nest
when boys have made it their sport to set them seething,
day after day tormenting them round their wayside hive –
idiot boys! they make a menace for every man in sight.
Any innocent traveler passing them on that road
can stir them accidentally – up in arms in a flash,
all in a swarm come pouring, each one raging down
to fight for home and children –
Such frenzy seized their hearts,
Myrmidons pouring out of the ships, ceaseless shouts rising.