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But the warrior follows him in, and beheads him at the altar before help can arrive. The mourning of the Trojans at Troilus' death is great.This sacrilege leads to Achilles’ own death, when Apollo avenges himself by helping Paris strike Achilles with the arrow that pierces his heel.
Most of the literary sources from before the Hellenistic age (323–30 BC) that even referred to the character are lost or survive only in fragments or summary.
Cressida pledges her love to Troilus but she soon switches her affections to the Greek hero Diomedes when sent to her father in a hostage exchange.
Chaucer and Shakespeare are among the authors who wrote works telling the story of Troilus and Cressida.
Sophocles was one of the writers to tell this tale.
It was also a popular theme among artists of the time.
The character's death early in the war and the prophecies surrounding him demonstrated that all Trojan efforts to defend their home would be in vain.