He fought on the side of the Trojans, and after greatly distinguishing himself by his bravery, was slain by Patroclus.
Like Paris and other Trojans, he had an Oriental name, Darius.
In Homer he is represented as an ideal warrior, the champion of the Trojans and the mainstay of the city.
An important influence in Roman literature and belief, which had its origin in Sicily, first appeared in this poem - the recognition of the mythical connexion of Aeneas and his Trojans with the foundation of Rome.
There it was interpreted as Troy Novant, the "new Troy," and connected with the names of the Trojans Brutus and Corineus who were reputed to have given their names to Britain and Cornwall.