Hector, son of King Priam and prince of Troy, was the greatest fighter on the Trojan side of the war. He married Andromache who, throughout the book and the war, pleaded with him to stop fighting, fearful of his death. Hector's courage and noble heart, however, drove him to battle. He killed scores of Argive soldiers, and was even able to evenly fight against Telemonian Ajax. After slaying Patroclus, he is pursued by Achilles, who kills him. His body is then dragged around the wall by the heels several times, and left unburied in the hands of the Greeks. The gods however preserve his body, keeping decay away. Eventually, Priam convinces Achilles to give the body back.