Apollo warns Achilles to stop the slaughter and, when he defiantly continues, shoots him in the ankle with an arrow. After a desperate struggle over his body, in which Ajax, son of Telamon, takes the lead on the Greek side, the Trojans fall back and the body is recovered. Book 3, like Books 1 and 2, ends with mourning. Achilles is lamented by Phoenix, Briseïs, the Nereids, and his mother (Thetis), and the preparations for his funeral are described. Poseidon consoles Thetis with an assurance that Achilles will join the gods and receive special worship.
Achilles’ funeral featured in the Aethiopis. Quintus’ account recalls the funeral of Patroclus in Book 23 of the Iliad and alludes to the description of Achilles’ funeral in the Odyssey (24.43–84).