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Rejoic'd, of all the num'rous Greeks, to fee

Not one but honours facred age and me :

Thofe due diftindions thou fo well can'ft pay.

May the juft Gods return another day. 7^0

Proud of the gift, thus fpake the full of days :
Achilles heard him, prouder of the praife.

The prizes next are ordered to the field,
I'or the bold champions who the Cssftus wield.
A (lately mule, as yet by toils unbroke, y^^

Of fix years age, unconfcious of the yoke.



Book XXIir. H O M E R's ILIAD. 20f>

Is to the Circus led, and firmly bound ;

Next (lands a goblet : mafTy, large and round.

Achilles rifing thus : Let Greece excite

Two heroes equal to this hardy fight ; 76©

Who dares his foe with lifted arms provoke,

And rufli beneath the long-defcending ftroke ?

On whom Apollo ftiall the palm belbw,

And whom the Greeks fapreme by conquell know.

This mule his dauntlefs labour (hall repay; 765

The vanqullli'd bear the mafly bowl away.

This dreadful combate great Epeus chofe.
High o'er the croud, enormous bulk ! he rofe.
And feiz'd the bealt, and thus began to fay :
Stand forth fome rnan, to bear the bowl away ! 77©
(Price of his ruin :) for who dares deny
Ihis mule my right : th' undoubted victor I.
Others, 'tis own'd, in fields of battle Hiine,
But the firll honours of this fight are mine ;
For who excels in all ? Then let my foe« 77^.

Draw near, but firft his certain fortune know,
Secure, this hand ihall his whole frame confound,
IMaih all his bones, and all his body pound :
So let nis friends be nigh, a needful train
To h-ave the batter'd carcafe off the plain. ydor.

The giant fpoRe ; and in a ftupid gaze
The hoft beheld him,, filent with amaze !
'Twas tliou, L'uryalus ! who durd afpire
To i.ieet nis might, and emulate thy fire^..

S3



2IO HO M ER's I LI AD. Book XXIIf.

The great Meciftheus ; who In days of yore 785

In Theban games the nobleft trophy bore,

(The games ordaln'd dead Oedipus to grace)

And fingly vanqaifh'd the Cadmean race.

Him great Tydides urges to contend,

Warm with the hopes of conqueft for his friend, 790

Officious with the cind:ure girds him round;

And to his wrift the gloves of death are bound.

Amid the circle now each champion ftands,

And poifes high in air his iron hands ;

Wnh clafliing gantlets now they fiercely clofe, ^795

Their crackling jaws re-echo to the blows,

And painful fweat from all their members iiows.

At length Epeus dealt a weighty blow,

Full on the cheek of his unwary foe ;

Beneath that pond'rous arm's refifdefs fway 800

Down dropt he, nervelefs, and extended lay.

As a large fifh, when winds and waters rore.

By fome huge billow daflrd againfl the fhore.

Lies panting : not lefs batter'd with his wound.

The bleeding hero pants upon the ground. 80c

To rear his fallen foe, the vidor lends.

Scornful, his hand ; and gives him to his friends ;

Whofe arms fupport him, reeling thro' the throng,

And dragging his difabled legs along ;

Nodding, his head hangs down, liis fhoulder o'er ; 810

His mouth and noftrils pour the clotted gore;

Wrapt round in mifts he lies, and loft to thought ;

His friends receive the bowl, too dearly bought.



Book XXIIf, H O M E R's I L I AD. 2II

The third bold game x^chillcs next demands,
And calls the wrellkrs to the level lands : ,815

A mafly tripod for the victor lies,
Of twice fix oxen its reputed price ;
And next, die lofers fpirits to reftore,
A female captive, valu'd but at four.
Scarce did the chief the vig'rous ihife propofe, S20
When tow'r-like Ajax and Ulyiies rofe.
Amid the ring each nervous rival (tands,
Embracing rigid with implicit hands :
Clofe lock'd above, their head and arms are mixt ;
Below, their planted feet, at diftance iixt : 825

Like tv/o (irong rafters which the builder forms
Proof to the wintry wind and howling dorms,

V. 819. A female captive, valu'd but at four. 2 I can-
not in civility negle61 a remark made upon this paflage
by Madam Dacier, who highly refents the affront put
upon her fex by the ancients, who fet (it feems) thrice
the vaJue upon a tripod as upon a beautiful female
flave : nay, (lie is afraid the value of women is not raifed
even in our days ; for ihe fays there aie curious perfons
now living, who had rather have a true antique kettle,
than the fined woman alive : I confefs I entirely agree
with the lady, and muft impute fuch opinions of the
fair fex to want of tafte in both ancients and moderns :
the reader may remember that thefe tripods were of no
uie, but made intirely for fhow; and confequently the
moi: fatirical critic could only fay, the woman and tri-
pod ougiit to have born an equal value.

V. 826. Like t'VJO Jirong rafters^ etq.^ I will give the
reader the words of Eultathius upon this (imilitude,
which very happijy reprefents the wredlers in the po-
fture of wreftlii'.g. Their heads- leaned one againft the



2X2 H O M E R's I L I A D. BookXXIII.

Their tops connected, but at wader fpace

Fixt on the centre (lands their folid bafe.

Now to the grafp each manly body bends ; 8 30

The huinid fweat from evVy pore defcends ;

Their bones refound with blows : fides, ihoulders, thighs.

Swell to each gripe, and bloody ijmours rife.

Nor could UlyfTes, for his art renown'd,

O'ermrn the ftrength of Ajax on the ground; 835

Nor could the ftrength of Ajax overthrow

The watchful caution of his artful foe.

While the long ftrife ev'n tir'd the lookers on.

Thus to Ulyfles fpoke great Telamon.

Or let me lift thee, chief, or lift thou me : 840

Prove we our force, and Jove the reft decree.

He faid ; and ftraining, heav'd him off the ground
With matchlefs ftrength; that time UlyfTes found
The ftrength t'evade, and where the nerves combine
His ankle ftrook : the giant fell fupine ; 845

UlyfTes following, on his bofom lies ;
Shouts of applaufe run rattling tliro' the ililes.
Ajax to lift, Ulyfies next eftays,
He barely ftirr'd him, but he could not raile :

other, like the rafters that fupport the roof of a houfe :
at the foot they are disjoined, and ftand at a greater
diftance, which naturally paints the attitude of body in
thefe two wreftlers, while they contend for vidory.

V. 849. He barely ftirr'd him, but he could not raife.'\
The poet by this circumihmce excellently maintains the
character of Ajax, who has all along been defcribed as a
ftrong, unwieldy warrior : he is fo heavy, that UlyiTes



Book XXIII. HO M ER's I LI AD. 215

His knee lock' J fall, tlie foe's attempt deny'd ; 850

And grappling clofe, they tumble fide by fide,

Defil'd with honourable dud, they roll

Still breathing (trife, and unfubdu'd of foul :

Ag.iin they rage, again to combate rife ;

When great Achilles thus divides the prize. 855

Your noble vigour, oh my friends, reftrain ;
Nor weary out your gen'rous diength in vain.
Ye both have won : let others who excel.
Now prove that prowefs you have prov'd fo well.

The hero's words the willing chiefs obey, "5 860
From their tir'd bodies wipe the daft away,
And, cloath'd anew, the following games furvey*
And now fucceed the gifts, crdain'd to grace
The youths contending in tlie rapid race.
A illver urn that full fix meafures held, S65

By none in weight or workmanfhlp excell'd :

can fcarce lift him. The words that follow will bear a
dltTerent meaning, either that Ajax locked his leg with-
in that of UlyiTes, or that UlyfTes did it. Euftathius
obferves that if Ajax gave Ulyiles this fliock, tlien he
may be allowed to have fome appearance of an equality
in the conteft ; but if UlyfTes gave it, then Ajax muft be
acknowledged to have been foiled : but (continues he) it
appeared to be othcrwife to Achilles, who was the judge
of the iield, and therefore he gives diem an equal prize,
becaufe they were equal in the conteft.

Madam Dacier mifreprefents Eulhithius on this place,
In flying he thinks it was Ulyfles who gave the fecond
ftroke to Ajax, whereas it appears by the foregoing note
that he radier determines otherwife ia confent with the
judgment given by Achilles.



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214 H O M E R's I L I A D; Book XXIII.,

Sidonan artifts taught the frame to fhine,

Elaborate, with artifice divine :

Whence Tyrian Tailors did the prize tranfport,

And gave to Thoas at the Lemnian port : 870

From him defcended good Eunoeus heir'd

The glorious gift ; and, for Lycaon fpar'd.

To brave Patroclus gave the rich reward.

Now, the fame hero's fun'ral rites to grace.
It (lands the prize of fwiftnefs in the race. 875

A well-fed ox was for the fecond plac'd :
And half a talent muft content the laft,
Achilles rifing then befpoke the train :
Who hope the palm of fwiftnefs to obtain,
Stand forth, and bear thefe prizes from the plain. _^ 88q

The hero faid, darting from his place,
Oilean Ajax rifes to the race;
UlyfTes next ; and he whofe fpeed furpaft
His youthful equals, Neflor's fon the laft.
Rang'd in a line the ready racers (land ; 885:

Pelides points the barrier with his hand ;
All (tart at once ; Oileus led the race ;
The next Uly(fes, raeas'ring pace with pace;
Behind him, diligently clofe, he fped,
As clofely follovv'ing as the running thread 890

The fpindle follows, and difplays the charms
Gf the fair fpinfler's bread and moving arms :
Graceful in motion thus, his foe he plies.

And treads each footftep ere the dufl can rife :



Book XXIII. homer's ILIAD. 215

His glowing breath upon his fhoulders plays ; 895

Th' admiring Greeks loud acclamations raile,
To him they give their wifiies, hearts, and eyes.
And fend their fouls before him as he flies.
Now three times turn'd in profpect of the goal.
The panting chief to Pallas lifts his foul : 900 ,

Affifl:, O Goddefs ! (thus in thought he pray'd)
And prefent at his thought, defcends the maid.
Buoy'd by her heav'nly force, he feems to fwim,
' And feels a pinion lifting ev'ry limb.
All fierce, and ready now the prize to gain, 90 j

Unhappy Ajax ftumbles on the plain ;
(O'erturn'd by Pallas) where the flipp'ry fliore '
Was clogg'd with Hi my dung, and mingled gore.
(The felf-fame place befide Patroclus'pyre,
Where late the flaughter'd vidims fed the lire) 910
Befmear'd with filth, and blotted o'er with clay,
Obfcene to fight, the rueful racer lay :
The well fed bull (the fecond prize) he fhar*d,
And left the urn Ulyfles' rich reward.

V. 901. ^'Jfifly Goddefs i (thai in thought hr
pray'd.y] Nothing could be better adapted to the pre-
fent circumftance of Ulyfles than this prayer : it is fliort , _
and ought to be fo, becaufe the time would not allow
him to make a longer : nay he prefers this petition men-
tally, %¥ Kotroi, $vf4,oy ; all his faculties are fb bert upon
the race, that he does not call off his attention from it,
even to fpeak fo fliort a petition as feven words, vdiich
comprehend the whole of it, fuch paflages as theih arc
inftanees of great judgment in the poet.



2i6 H O M E R's I 1. I A D. Book XXIIT.

Then, grafplng by the horn the mighty bead, 915

The baffled hero thus the Greeks addreft.
Accurfed fate ! the conquefl I forego ;
A mortal I, a Goddefs was my foe ;
She urg'd her fav'rite on the rapid way.
And Pallas, not UlylTes, won the day, 920

Thus fourly waii'd he, fputt'ring dirt and gore,
A burft of laughter echo'd thro' the fhore.
Antilochus, more humVous than the red,
Takes the laft prize, and takes it with a jefl.

Why wltli our wifer elders fhould we (trive ? 92 J
The Gods ftili love them, and they always thrive.
Ye fee, to Ajax I muft yield the prize:
He to Ulyfles, flill more age'd and wife;
(a green old age unconfcious of decays.
That proves the hero born in better days !) 930

Behold his vigour in this a.^lvQ race !
Achilles only boafts a Rvifter pace :
For who can match Achilles ? He who cm,
Mud yet be more than hero, more than man.

V, 924. A'i(^ tahs it ivllh a je/l.'] Andlochus comes
off very well, and wittily prevents raillery^; by attribu-
ting the viAory of his rivals to the protecStion which the
gods gave to age. By this he infmuates, that he has *
foraething to comfort himfelf with ; (for youth is better '
than the pnze) and that he may pretend hereafter to
the fame protedion, fmce it is a priviiedge of feniority,
Dacier.

V, 033. For fwho can m^ch Achilles f] There is
great art in thefe tranH^int complements to Achilles :
that hero could not poifibly fiiew his own f.iperiority

in



BcolcXXriI. n O M E U's 1 L T A D, 217

Th' effect fucceeds the fpeecli. Pelides cries, 93^
Thy artful praife deferves a better prize.
Nor Greece in vain Hiall hear thy friend extoll'd ;
Receive a talent of the purcft gold.
The youth departs content. The hofl admire
The fon of Neflor, worthy of his fire, 940

Next thefe a buckler, fpear and helm, lie brings,
Caft on the plain the brazen burden rings :
Arms, which of late divine Sarpedon wore.
And great Patroclus in fliort trlurapii bore.
Stand forth the bravefi: of our hofl ! (he cries) 94 J
"Whoever dares deferve fo rich a prize,
Now grace the lifts before our army's fight^
And fheath'd in (leel, provoke his foe to fight.
Who firft the jointed armour fliall explore,
And (lain his rival's mail with iffuing gore'; 'I950

in thefe games by contending for any of the prizes, be-
caufe he was the exhlbiter of the fports : but Homer
has found out a way to give him the victory in two of
them. In the chariot-race Achilles Is reprefented as be-
ing able to conquer every opponent, and though he
fpeaks it himfeif, the poet brings It In fo happily, that
he fpeaks It without any Indecency ; and in this place
AntUochus with a very good grace tells Achilles, that
in the foot-race no one can difpute the prize with him.
Thus though Diomed and Ulyffes conquer In the chari-
ot and foot-race, it Is only becaufe Achilles is not their
antagonift.

V. 949. ^r/^^ f^ffl the jointed armour shall exphre.1
Some of the ancients haw been fiiocked at this combate,
thinking It barbarity that men In fport fhcuid tlius con'

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2i8 H O M E R's I L I A D. Book XXIII.

The fword, Afteropaeus pofTefl: of old,

(A Thracian blade, di{l:in<5t wifh duds of gold)

Shall pay the ftroke, and grace the ftnker's fide :

Thefe arms in common let the chief divide :

For each brave dhamplon, wlienthe combate ends, 955

A fumptuous banquet at our tent attends.

Fierce at the word, uprofe great Tydeus' Ton,
And the huge bulk of Aja.% Telamon.
Clad in refulgent (Veel, en either hand.
The dreadful chiefs amid the circle ftand : 960

Xow'ring they meet, tremendous to the fight ;
Each Argive bofoni beats with fierce delight.
Oppos'd in arms not long they idly frood,
•But thrice they clos'd, and thrice the charge renew'd.
A furious pafs the fpear of Ajax made 965

Thro' the broad Ihield* but at the corfelet ftay'd :



tend for their lives ; and therefore Ariftophanes the gram*
mariaii made this alteration in the verfes.

t^^-'YA l;rsy|«,4«sv«5 ^<cj 5"' hnx, etc.

But it is evident that they entirely miliook the meaning
and intention of Achilles ; for heuhat gave the firll
wound was to be accounted the victor. How ccfiild A- '
chiiles promife to entertain them both in his tent after
the combate, if he intended tliat one of them fiiould
fall in it ? T"his duel therefore was only a trial of skill,
and as mch finglej:ombatcs were frequent in the wars of
thofe ages againft adverfaries. To this was propofed only
to fhew the dexterity of the combatants in that exercife*
'l-ullathius.



BookXXIlI. H O M E R's I L TAD. 219

Not thus the foe : his jav'lin aim'd above

The buckler's margin, at the neck he drove.

But Greece now trembling for her Ijero's life.

Bade Hiare the honours, and furceafe the ftrife. 970

Yet ftill the vigor's due Tydides gains.

With him the fword and (ludded belt remains.

Then hurl'd the hero, thund'ring on the ground
A raafs of iron, (an enormous round)
Whofe weight and fize the circling Greeks admire, 975
ilude from the furnace, and but fhap'd by fire.
This mighty quoit Action wont to rear.
And from his whirling arm difnilfs in air ;
The giant by Achilles lUin, he ftow'd _
Among his fpoils this memorable load. 9^*^

V. 971. Tet fiill the vulor^s dus Tydides gains. "^ A-
chilles in this place a^ls the part of a very jull arbitrator:
though the comba'te did not proceed to a full iilue, yet
Diomed had evidently the advantage, and confequently-
ought to be rewarded as victor, becauie he would have
been viflorious, had not the Greeks interpofed.

I could have wifhed that the poet had given Ajax
the prize in fome of thefe conte^ls. lie undoubtedly was
a very gallant foldier, and has been defcribcd as repuH-
ing a whole army: yet in all thefe fports he is foiled.
But perhaps the poet had a double view in this repre-
fentation, not only tofhew, that ft rength without condud
is ufually unfuccelsful, but^lfo his defign might be to
complement the Greeks his countrymen; by fliewing.
that this Ajax, who had repelled a whole army of Tro-
jans, was not able to conquer any one of the Grecian
worthies : for we find him overpowered in three of thefe ,
exercifes.



T 2



220 HOME R's ILIA D. Book XXiff,

For this, he bids thofe nervous artlfts vie,.

That teach the difli to found along the fky^

Let him whofe might cai> hurl this bowl, arife.

Who farthefl; hurls it, take it as his prize :

If he be one, enrich'd with large domain 985-

Of downs for flocks, and arable for grain,

Small ftock of iron needs that man provide ;

His hinds and fwains whole years fliall be fupply'd

From hence : nor ask the neighb'ring city's aid>

jP'or plowfhares, wheels, and all the rural trade, 99O

Stern Polypoetes (lept before the throng ;
And great Leonteus, more than mortal ftrong ;
Whofe force with rival forces to oppofe,
Uprofe great Ajax ; up Epeus rofe.
Each ftood in order : firit Epeus threw ; 995

High o'er the wondVing crouds the whirling circle flew.



V. 98 J. If he he one tnrich\i^tlc7\ Tlie poet in this
place {peaks in the (iraplicity of ancient times : the pro-
digious weight and flze of the quoit is defcribed with a
n'jb!e plainnefs, peculiai- to the oriental way, and agree-
able to the manners of thofe heroic ages. He does not
fet down the quantity of this enormous piece of iron,
neither as to its bignefs nor weight, but as to the ufeit
•will be of to him who fnall gain it. We fee from hence,
that the ancients in the prizes they propofed, had in view
not only the honourable, but the ufeful ; a captive for
work, a bull for tillage, a quoit for the provifion of iron.
Befides, it muft be remembered, that in thofe times
iron was very fcarce ; and a fure fign of this fcarclty, is*
that their arms were brafs. £uftuthius. Dacler.



Book XXIII. H O M E R's ILIAD. 221

Leonteus next a little fpace fijrpafl:,

And third, the flrengh of godlike Ajax ca(l.

O'er both their marks it flew ; 'till fiercely flang

From Polypoetes' arm, the Difcus fung ; icoa

Far, as a fwain his whirling flieephook throws.

That diftant falls among the grazing cows,

So pad: them all the rapid circle flies

His friends (while loud applaufes fliake the fliies)

With force conjoin'd heave ofi'the weighty piize. ^ ioo>

Thofe who in fldlful archery contend,
He next invites the twanging bow to bend ;
And twice ten axes cafls amidft the round,
(Ten double e^^gd, and ten that fmgly wound.);
The mafl, which late a firfl-rate galley bore, 10 10.

The hero fixes in the fandy fliore .:
To the tall top a milk-white dove they tie.
The trembling mark at which tlieir arrows fly.
Whofe weapon (Irikes yon' flutt'ring bird, (hall bear
Thefe two edg'd axes, terrible in war ; lOl ^

llie Angle, he, whofe (haft divides the cord.
He faid : experienc'd Merion took the word ;
And skilful Teucer: in the helm they threv/
Their lots infcrib'd, and forth the latter flew.
Swift from the firing the founding arrow flies ; IC20'
Btit flies unblefl ! no grateful facrificc.
No frfHing lambs, unheedful ! didll thou vow
To Phcebus, patron of the fliaft and bow.
For this, thy v/ell-aim'd arrow, turn*d afldc,
Err'd from tlie dove, yet cut the coid that ty'd : 102 «



222 HOMER'S ILIAD. Book XXIIL

A-down the main-man: fell the parted ftring,

And the free bh-d to heav'n dlfplays her v/ing :

Seas, fhores, and skies with loud applaufe refound.

And Merion eager meditates the wound:

He takes the bow, directs the (haft above, 1030

And following with his eye the foaring dove,

V. 1030. He takes the bovj.~\ There having been
many editions of Homer, that of Marfeilles reprefents
thefe two rivals in archery as ufing two bows in the
contefi ; and reads the verfes thus,

^TTl^^of^ivog a^oi I'dy.^iovig iTridvi y.ctr' oi?-o»

our common editions follow the better alteration of An-
timachus, wit.h this only difference, that he reads it

'e'^u^vo-?. rvjK^H To|ov. And they, 'E'^si^vcn %s;goj tq^ov.

It is evident that thefe archei^ had but one bow, as
they that threw the quoit had but one quoit; by thefe
means the one had no advantage over the other, be-
caufe both of them (hot with the fame bow. So that
the common reading is undoubtedly the bed, where the
lines (land thus,

To^ov, ciru^ c>3 oi^-ov t^i '^oiAcci ag i&Wiv. Eultathius.

This Teucer is the moR eminent man for archery of any
through the whole Iliad, yet he is here excelled by Me-
riones : and the poet afcribes his miicarriages to the
negiedl of invoking Apollo, the God of archery ; where-
as Meriones, who invokes him, is crowned v/ith fuccefs.
There is an excellent moral in this pafTage, and the
poet would teach us, that without addrefiing to heaven
v/e cannot fucceed : Meriones does not conquer becaufe
he is the better archer, but becaufe he is the better man.



Book XXIII. H O M E iVs I L I A D. 225 ~

Implores the God to fpeed it thro' the flcies,

With vows of firllling lambs, and grateful facrlfice.

The dove, in airy circles as (he wheels,

Amid the clouds the piercing arrow feels; 1055

Quite thro' and thro' the point its paflage found.

And at his feet fell bloody to the ground.

The wounded bird, ere yet (he breath'd her lafl:,

VJkh fi-tgging wings alighted on the maft,

A moment hung, and fpread her pinions there, 104O

Then fudden dropt, and left her life in air.

From the pleas'd cioud new pales of thunder rife, ^&.
• And to the fhips brave Merion bears the prize,
Tu clofe the fun'ral games, Achilles lalt

A maffy ipear amid the circle plac'd, 1045

And ample charger of unfullicd frame,

With How'rs high-wrought, not blacken'd yet by flame.

For thefe he bids the herc^^ prove their art,

Whofe dextrous fkill direds the flying dart.

Here too great Merion hopes the noble prize ; 1050

Nor here difdain'd the king of men to rife.

V. 105 1 . Nor hare difdaind the king ofjfien to rife.~\
There is an admirable condud in this paflage ; Aga-
memnon never contended for any of the former prizes,
though of much greater value ; fo that he is a candidate
for this, only to houour Patroclus and Achilles. The
decency v/hich the poet ufes both in the choice of the
game, in which Agamemnon is about to contend, and
the giving him the prize v/ithout a conteft, is very re»
markable : the game was a warlike exercife, fit for the
general of an aiTny ; the giving him the prize without
a come.Ci is a decency judicioufly obferved, becaufe no



224 homer's ILIAD. Book XXIII.

With joy Pelides law the honour paid,
Rofe to the monarch, and refpe<51:ful faid.

Thee firft in virtue, as in pow'r fupreme,
O king of nations ! all thy Greeks proclaim; 1055:

In ev'ry martial game thy wcith aiteH:,
And know thee both their greateft, and their heft.
Take then the prize, but let b^ave Merion bear
This beamy jav'lin in thy brother's war.

Pleas'd from the hero's lips his praife to hear, 1060-
The king to Merion gives the brazen fpear :
But, fet apart for facred ufe. commatids
The glitt'ring charger to Talthybius' hands.

one ought to be fuppofed to excel the general in any
military art : Agamemnon does juftice to his own cha-
rader ; for whereas he had been reprefented by Achilles
in the opening of the poem as a covetous perfon, he now
puts in for the prize that is of the lead value, and gene-
roufiy gives even that to Talthybius, Euftathius.

As to this laft particular, of Agamemnon's prefenting
the charger to Talthybius, I cannot but be of a different
opinion. It had been an affront to Achilles not to have
accepted of his prefent on this occafion, and I believe the
words of Homer,

mean no more, than that he put it into the hands of
this herald to carry it to his ihips ; Talthybius being by
his office an attendant upon Agamemnon.



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