163 True, my reward never equals yours whenever the Argives
capture and ransack a well-manned outpost of Troy for its treasures;
yet it is my hands bearing the brunt of the violent combat.
Oh, but when it comes time for dividing the plunder among us,
yours is the greater reward by far; while exhausted from fighting,
I come back to the ships with a small, but precious, trinket.
169 Now I return to Phthia—we’re much better off if we go back
home in our curved-beaked ships; and I do not intend to continue
here in dishonor, amassing your wealth and winning your spoils.”