The Iliad: Novel Summary: Chapters 3-4

Chapter 3: Paris, the beautiful and cowardly son of the Trojan king Priam, starts to boast and defies any Greek to fight him.  Menelaus, brother of Agamemnon, takes this boast.  Both sides agree to a truce, and the winner of this single combat will win the war. Paris is overmatched, but he is saved by divine intervention by Aphrodite. Chapter 4: The truce becomes tense, and is broken by Pandarus.  Athena assists in helping Pandarus to throw a spear that grazes Menelaus. The battle begins in earnest.