In Homer’s Iliad Hector is the eldest son of King Priam of Troy and commander of the Trojan Army. He is portrayed in the work as the noblest and most magnanimous of leaders. After resisting the Greek siege for ten years, Hector is eventually killed by Achilles, who drags Hector’s body behind a chariot around the walls of Troy.

E. Cobham Brewer, Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (London: Cassell, Petter, and Galpin, [1870]), 395, 434, 708.