Created by Jijith Nadumuri at 21 Sep 2011 12:54 and updated at 21 Sep 2011 12:54


ild.02 The Dardanians were led by brave Aeneas, whom Venus bore to Anchises, when she, Goddess though she was, had lain with him upon the mountain slopes of Ida.
ild.05 When Aeneas saw him thus making havoc among the ranks, he went through the fight amid the rain of spears to see if he could find Pandarus.
ild.05 And the son of Lycaon answered, Aeneas", I take him for none other than the son of Tydeus.
ild.05 Aeneas answered, "Say no more.
ild.05 Aeneas".
ild.05 Sthenelus, son of Capaneus, saw them coming and said to Diomed, "Diomed, son of Tydeus, man after my own heart, I see two heroes speeding towards you, both of them men of might the one a skilful archer, Pandarus son of Lycaon, the other, Aeneas, whose sire is Anchises, while his mother is Venus.
ild.05 I say further, and lay my saying to your heart if Minerva sees fit to vouchsafe me the glory of killing both, stay your Horses here and make the reins fast to the rim of the Chariot; then be sure you spring Aeneas Horses and drive them from the Trojan to the Achaean ranks.
ild.05 Four are still in his stables, but he gave the other two to Aeneas.
ild.05 Aeneas sprang from his Chariot armed with shield and spear, fearing lest the Achaeans should carry off the body.
ild.05 But the son of Tydeus caught up a mighty stone, so huge and great that as men now are it would take two to lift it; nevertheless he bore it aloft with ease unaided, and with this he struck Aeneas on the groin where the hip turns in the joint that is called the "cup bone.
ild.05 And now Aeneas, king of men, would have perished then and there, had not his mother, Jove s daughter Venus, who had conceived him by Anchises when he was herding Cattle, been quick to mark, and thrown her two white arms about the body of her dear son.
ild.05 Then he sprang upon Aeneas s Horses and drove them from the Trojan to the Achaean ranks.
ild.05 And laughter loving Venus answered, "Proud Diomed, the son of Tydeus, wounded me because I was bearing my dear son Aeneas, whom I love best of all mankind, out of the fight.
ild.05 But Diomed sprang upon Aeneas, though he knew him to be in the very arms of Apollo.
ild.05 Not one whit did he fear the mighty God, so set was he on killing Aeneas and stripping him of his armour.
ild.05 The son of Tydeus then gave way for a little space, to avoid the anger of the God, while Apollo took Aeneas out of the crowd and set him in sacred Pergamus, where his temple stood.
ild.05 There, within the mighty sanctuary, Latona and Diana healed him and made him glorious to behold, while Apollo of the Silver bow fashioned a wraith in the likeness of Aeneas, and armed as he was.
ild.05 Sons" of Priam," said he, "how long will you let your people be thus slaughtered by the Achaeans? Would you wait till they are at the walls of Troy? Aeneas the son of Anchises has fallen, he whom we held in as high honour as Hector himself.
ild.05 Then Apollo sent Aeneas forth from his rich sanctuary, and filled his heart with valour, whereon he took his place among his comrades, who were overjoyed at seeing him alive, sound, and of a good courage; but they could not ask him how it had all happened, for they were too busy with the turmoil raised by Mars and by Strife, who raged insatiably in their midst.
ild.05 As he spoke he hurled his spear and hit one of those who were in the front rank, the comrade of Aeneas, Deicoon son of Pergasus, whom the Trojans held in no less honour than the sons of Priam, for he was ever quick to place himself among the foremost.
ild.05 Then Aeneas killed two champions of the Danaans, Crethon and Orsilochus.
ild.05 As two Lions whom their dam has reared in the depths of some mountain forest to plunder homesteads and carry off Sheep and Cattle till they get killed by the hand of man, so were these two vanquished by Aeneas, and fell like high pine trees to the ground.
ild.05 Brave Menelaus pitied them in their fall, and made his way to the front, clad in gleaming Bronze and brandishing his spear, for Mars egged him on to do so with intent that he should be killed by Aeneas; but Antilochus the son of Nestor saw him and sprang forward, fearing that the king might come to harm and thus bring all their labour to nothing; when, therefore Aeneas and Menelaus were setting their hands and spears against one another eager to do battle, Antilochus placed himself by the side of Menelaus.
ild.05 Aeneas, bold though he was, drew back on seeing the two heroes side by side in front of him, so they drew the bodies of Crethon and Orsilochus to the ranks of the Achaeans and committed the two poor fellows into the hands of their comrades.
ild.06 And now the Trojans would have been routed and driven back into Ilius, had not Priam s son Helenus, wisest of augurs, said to Hector and Aeneas, Hector" and Aeneas, you two are the mainstays of the Trojans and Lycians, for you are foremost at all times, alike in fight and counsel; hold your ground here, and go about among the host to rally them in front of the gates, or they will fling themselves into the arms of their wives, to the great joy of our foes.
ild.08 I took them from the hero Aeneas.
ild.11 The Trojans, on the other side upon the rising slope of the plain, were gathered round great Hector, noble Polydamas, Aeneas who was honoured by the Trojans like an immortal, and the three sons of Antenor, Polybus, Agenor, and young Acamas beauteous as a God.
ild.12 Aeneas the valiant son of Anchises led the fourth; he and the two sons of Antenor, Archelochus and Acamas, men well versed in all the arts of war.
ild.13 In the end, he deemed it best to go and fetch Aeneas, whom he found standing in the rear, for he had long been aggrieved with Priam because in spite his brave deeds he did not give him his due share of honour.
ild.13 Deiphobus went up to him and said, Aeneas", prince among the Trojans, if you know any ties of kinship, help me now to defend the body of your sister s husband; come with me to the rescue of Alcathous, who being husband to your sister brought you up when you were a child in his house, and now Idomeneus has slain him.
ild.13 With these words he moved the heart of Aeneas, and he went in pursuit of Idomeneus, big with great deeds of valour; but Idomeneus was not to be thus daunted as though he were a mere child; he held his ground as a wild boar at bay upon the mountains, who abides the coming of a great crowd of men in some lonely place the bristles stand upright on his back, his eyes flash fire, and he whets his tusks in his eagerness to defend himself against hounds and men even so did famed Idomeneus hold his ground and budge not at the coming of Aeneas.
ild.13 He cried aloud to his comrades looking towards Ascalaphus, Aphareus, Deipyrus, Meriones, and Antilochus, all of them brave soldiers "Hither my friends," he cried, "and leave me not single handed I go in great fear by fleet Aeneas, who is coming against me, and is a redoubtable dispenser of death battle.
ild.13 Aeneas on the other side called to his comrades, looking towards Deiphobus, Paris, and Agenor, who were leaders of the Trojans along with himself, and the people followed them as Sheep follow the ram when they go down to drink after they have been feeding, and the heart of the shepherd is glad even so was the heart of Aeneas gladdened when he saw his people follow him.
ild.13 Then they fought furiously in close combat about the body of Alcathous, wielding their long spears; and the Bronze armour about their bodies rang fearfully as they took aim at one another in the press of the fight, while the two heroes Aeneas and Idomeneus, peers of Mars, outxied every one in their desire to hack at each other with sword and spear.
ild.13 Aeneas took aim first, but Idomeneus was on the lookout and avoided the spear, so that it sped from Aeneas strong hand in vain, and fell quivering in the ground.
ild.13 Aeneas sprang on Aphareus son of Caletor, and struck him with a spear in his throat which was turned towards him; his head fell on one side, his helmet and shield came down along with him, and death, life s foe, was shed around him.
ild.14 The sons of the Achaeans came running with a loud cry towards him, hoping to drag him away, and they showered their darts on the Trojans, but none of them could wound him before he was surrounded and covered by the princes Polydamas, Aeneas, Agenor, Sarpedon captain of the Lycians, and noble Glaucus: of the others, too, there was not one who was unmindful of him, and they held their round shields over him to cover him.
ild.15 Aeneas killed Medon and Iasus.
ild.16 From these he strode on among the Trojans to Polydamas son of Panthous and Agenor; he then went in search of Aeneas and Hector, and when he had found them he said, Hector", you have utterly forgotten your allies, who languish here for your sake far from friends and home while you do nothing to support them.
ild.16 Aeneas then aimed a spear at Meriones, hoping to hit him under the shield as he was advancing, but Meriones saw it coming and stooped forward to avoid it, whereon the spear flew past him and the point stuck in the ground, while the butt end went on quivering till Mars robbed it of its force.
ild.16 The spear, therefore, sped from Aeneas s hand in vain and fell quivering to the ground.
ild.16 Aeneas was angry and said, Meriones", you are a good dancer, but if I had hit you my spear would soon have made an end of you.
ild.16 And Meriones answered, Aeneas", for all your bravery, you will not be able to make an end of every one who comes against you.
ild.17 The Trojans would now have been worsted by the brave Achaeans and driven back to Ilius through their own cowardice, while the Argives, so great was their courage and endurance, would have achieved a triumph even against the will of Jove, if Apollo had not roused Aeneas, in the likeness of Periphas son of Epytus, an attendant who had grown old in the service of Aeneas aged father, and was at all times devoted to him.
ild.17 In his likeness, then, Apollo said, Aeneas", can you not manage, even though heaven be against us, to save high Ilius? I have known men, whose numbers, courage, and self reliance have saved their people in spite of Jove, whereas in this case he would much rather give victory to us than to the Danaans, if you would only fight instead of being so terribly afraid.
ild.17 Aeneas knew Apollo when he looked straight at him, and shouted to Hector saying, Hector" and all other Trojans and allies, shame on us if we are beaten by the Achaeans and driven back to Ilius through our own cowardice.
ild.17 Aeneas speared Leiocritus son of Arisbas, a valiant follower of Lycomedes, and Lycomedes was moved with pity as he saw him fall; he therefore went close up, and speared Apisaon son of Hippasus shepherd of his people in the liver under the midriff, so that he died; he had come from fertile Paeonia and was the best man of them all after Asteropaeus.
ild.17 When Hector saw him he said to Aeneas who was near him, Aeneas", counsellor of the mail clad Trojans, I see the steeds of the fleet son of Aeacus come into battle with weak hands to drive them.
ild.17 On this he cried out to the two Ajaxes and Menelaus, Ajaxes" captains of the Argives, and Menelaus, give the dead body over to them that are best able to defend it, and come to the rescue of us living; for Hector and Aeneas who are the two best men among the Trojans, are pressing us hard in the full tide of war.
ild.17 They would then have fought hand to hand with swords had not the two Ajaxes forced their way through the crowd when they heard their comrade calling, and parted them for all their fury for Hector, Aeneas, and Chromius were afraid and drew back, leaving Aretus to lie there struck to the heart.
ild.17 As some wooded mountain spur that stretches across a plain will turn water and check the flow even of a great river, nor is there any stream strong enough to break through it even so did the two Ajaxes face the Trojans and stern the tide of their fighting though they kept pouring on towards them and foremost among them all was Aeneas son of Anchises with valiant Hector.
ild.17 As a flock of daws or starlings fall to screaming and chattering when they see a falcon, foe to i ll small birds, come soaring near them, even so did the Achaean youth raise a babel of cries as they fled before Aeneas and Hector, unmindful of their former prowess.
ild.20 Meanwhile Apollo set Aeneas on to attack the son of Peleus, and put courage into his heart, speaking with the voice of Lycaon son of Priam.
ild.20 In his likeness therefore, he said to Aeneas, Aeneas", counsellor of the Trojans, where are now the brave words with which you vaunted over your wine before the Trojan princes, saying that you would fight Achilles son of Peleus in single combat?"
ild.20 And Aeneas answered, "Why do you thus bid me fight the proud son of Peleus, when I am in no mind to do so? Were I to face him now, it would not be for the first time.
ild.20 She called the Gods about her, and said, "Look to it, you two, Neptune and Minerva, and consider how this shall be; Phoebus Apollo has been sending Aeneas clad in full armour to fight Achilles.
ild.20 The earth rang again under the tramp of their feet as they rushed towards each other, and two champions, by far the foremost of them all, met between the hosts to fight to wit, Aeneas son of Anchises, and noble Achilles.
ild.20 Aeneas was first to stride forward in attack, his doughty helmet tossing defiance as he came on.
ild.20 The son of Peleus from the other side sprang forth to meet him, fike some fierce Lion that the whole country side has met to hunt and kill at first he bodes no ill, but when some daring youth has struck him with a spear, he crouches openmouthed, his jaws foam, he roars with fury, he lashes his tail from side to side about his ribs and loins, and glares as he springs straight before him, to find out whether he is to slay, or be slain among the foremost of his foes even with such fury did Achilles burn to spring upon Aeneas.
ild.20 Aeneas"," said he, "why do you stand thus out before the host to fight me? Is it that you hope to reign over the Trojans in the seat of Priam? Nay, though you kill me Priam will not hand his kingdom over to you.
ild.20 Then Aeneas answered, Son" of Peleus, think not that your words can scare me as though I were a child.
ild.20 The son of Peleus held the shield before him with his strong hand, and he was afraid, for he deemed that Aeneas s spear would go through it quite easily, not reflecting that the God s glorious gifts were little likely to yield before the blows of mortal men; and indeed Aeneas s spear did not pierce the shield, for the layer of Gold, gift of the God, stayed the point.
ild.20 Achilles in his turn threw, and struck the round shield of Aeneas at the very edge, where the Bronze was thinnest; the spear of Pelian ash went clean through, and the shield rang under the blow; Aeneas was afraid, and crouched backwards, holding the shield away from him; the spear, however, flew over his back, and stuck quivering in the ground, after having gone through both circles of the sheltering shield.
ild.20 Aeneas though he had avoided the spear, stood still, blinded with fear and grief because the weapon had gone so near him; then Achilles sprang furiously upon him, with a cry as of death and with his keen blade drawn, and Aeneas seized a great stone, so huge that two men, as men now are, would be unable to lift it, but Aeneas wielded it quite easily.
ild.20 Aeneas would then have struck Achilles as he was springing towards him, either on the helmet, or on the shield that covered him, and Achilles would have closed with him and despatched him with his sword, had not Neptune lord of the earthquake been quick to mark, and said forthwith to the immortals, "Alas, I am sorry for great Aeneas, who will now go down to the house of Hades, vanquished by the son of Peleus.
ild.20 For now indeed has Jove hated the blood of Priam, while Aeneas shall reign over the Trojans, he and his children s children that shall be born hereafter.
ild.20 Then answered Juno, Earth" shaker, look to this matter yourself, and consider concerning Aeneas, whether you will save him, or suffer him, brave though he be, to fall by the hand of Achilles son of Peleus.
ild.20 When earth encircling Neptune heard this he went into the battle amid the clash of spears, and came to the place where Achilles and Aeneas were.
ild.20 Forthwith he shed a darkness before the eyes of the son of Peleus, drew the Bronze headed ashen spear from the shield of Aeneas, and laid it at the feet of Achilles.
ild.20 Then he lifted Aeneas on high from off the earth and hurried him away.
ild.20 Neptune, shaker of the earth, then came near to him and said, Aeneas, what God has egged you on to this folly in fighting the son of Peleus, who is both a mightier man of valour and more beloved of heaven than you are? Give way before him whensoever you meet him, lest you go down to the house of Hades even though fate would have it otherwise.
ild.20 Of a truth Aeneas also must be under heaven s protection, although I had thought his boasting was idle.
ild.23 Next to him rose mighty Diomed son of Tydeus; he yoked the Trojan Horses which he had taken from Aeneas, when Apollo bore him out of the fight.

Arise Greece! from thy silent sleep, 2000 years long it is! Forget not, thy ancient culture, beautiful and marvelous it is!

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