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Possible concerns about the veracity of Idaios' statement derive from the questions of whether he can relay Zeus' thoughts and whether his comment is appropriate considering the way the Aias/Hektor monomachia ended.
A closer look at the end of the Aias/Hektor monomachia, however, indicates that stopping the battle did not necessarily hurt Aias: And he [Hektor] was lain out on his back With his shield pressed into him: but Apollo immediately stood him upright.
Since Apollo's behavior in the two passages is identical up until Hektor resumes fighting, it is likely that, had the Aias/Hektor monomachia continued, Apollo would have helped Hektor as he helps him eight books later.
She simply takes her place as a spectator for the Aias/Hektor monomachia: And Athena and Apollo of the silver bow, resembling vultures, sat down on the high oak of aegis-bearing father Zeus, taking pleasure in the men: and the dense lines of men sat, bristling with shields and helmets and spears.
Athena and Apollo, like all the seated soldiers, are part of the audience to the Aias/Hektor monomachia. Apollo, though, does not stay an audience member, but instead joins the battle on Hektor's behalf at Il.
Still, it is possible that she simply did not feel that the Aias/Hektor monomachia was the sort of event that required her intervention.
These include Aias' lot falling out and the results of the Aias/Hektor monomachia, events which go precisely as the prayers to Zeus asked that they did.