The Iliad: Novel Summary: Chapters 17-18

Chapter 17: Hector takes Achilles armor off of Patroclus.  The Greek warriors rush to defend Patroclus body.  Many Greeks fight to save his body, and Menelaus and Meriones are successful.
Chapter 18: Achilles learns of Patroclus death, and he cries and mourns.  Achilles mother, the sea-nymph Thetis, comforts her son by asking Hepheastus, blacksmith of the gods to make him a suit of divine armor.  Hepheastus makes a suit of armor that shows scenes from Greek history, of the past, of the current war, and of the future.