Apollo is angry that Zeus did not help his own son
You are Father ZEUS. You cloak the battlefield in darkness to mourn your son. Glaucus accuses Hector of cowardice, and, duly shamed, he returns to defend Sarpedon's corpse. The Myrmidons are equally determined to capture it, to strip and mutilate it. Both sides are like flies in a cowshed round pails of milk. You decide to make Patroclus pursue the Trojans back to Troy (rejecting Achilles' prayer), so that the body, around which so many have died, can be rescued. Apollo is to arrange for Sleep and Death to transport Sarpedon's body home.

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