A Grecian herald of the Trojan War, Stentor faced the enemy to dictate terms. In Homer’s Iliad, Book V, appears a reference to Stentor that is widely quoted: «And when they were now come where the most valiant stood, thronging about mighty Diomedes tamer of horses, in the semblance of ravening lions or wild boars whose strength is nowise feeble, then stood the white-armed goddess Hera and shouted in the likeness of great-hearted Stentor with voice of bronze, whose cry was loud as the cry of fifty other men».
The eponymous stentorian, which means loud or strong in sound, derives directly from Stentor. Stentors, a variety of aquatic microscopic animal, have mouths shaped like trumpets.