“A King who fights his own battles. Wouldn’t that be something to see.” (Achilles, in front of King Agamemnon of Greece, and the Kind of Thessalay, and both their armies, after Achilles has been summoned by Agamemnon to fight in single combat against the Thessalonian hero, to determine which King will control Thessalay.
“War is old men talking, and young men dying. You know this. Ignore the politics.” (Odysseus to Achilles, trying to persuade Achilles to re-enter the seige of Troy.)
“Don’t waste your life following some fool’s orders.” (Achilles to Patriclus, trying to persuade Patroclus not to fight in Agamemnon’s war against Troy.)
“When does it end?” Priam’s niece–Achilles’ prisoner–to Achilles, after learning that Achilles intends to fight Hector, her cousin, after learning that Hector has killed Patriclus, Achilles’ cousin.
Achilles replies, “It never ends.”
(collected by Keith Russell)
Oh, and Achilles and Patroculus were having butt sex. Thigh sex at the least. And Achilles used to wear dresses. The Gay Marriage bit in the title is a bit of a stretch, it was more like man-boy love before you got married. Homosexuality was, however, a big part of classical culture.