He found favour in the king's eye, and became his armour-bearer.
In the Borghese Ares (also taken for Achilles) he is standing, his only armour being the helmet on his head.
In the later form of the story Philoctetes was the friend and armour-bearer of Heracles, who presented him with his bow and poisoned arrows as a reward for kindling the fire on Mt Oeta, on which the hero immolated himself.
Xvii.), and suits of armour had already been taken from Mesopotamia by Tethmosis III.