"nine goats were allotted to each of the twelve ships under my command, but to me alone they made an allotment of ten."

This kind of distinction was common, and in fact expected, amongst a Homeric hero and his men. It was a hero’s right as a skilful fighter and leader of men to receive certain honours and tribute, and a deep insult if this was neglected. In fact, it was over the issue of whose right to the highest honour trumped who’s that Achilles and Agamemnon famously argued so fiercely at Troy.