Created by Jijith Nadumuri at 21 Sep 2011 13:11 and updated at 21 Sep 2011 13:11


ild.04 First Antilochus slew an armed warrior of the Trojans, Echepolus, son of Thalysius, fighting in the foremost ranks.
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 Menelaus struck him on the collar bone as he was standing on his Chariot, while Antilochus hit his Charioteer and squire Mydon, the son of Atymnius, who was turning his Horses in flight.
ild.05 Antilochus rushed towards him and struck him on the temples with his sword, whereon he fell head first from the Chariot to the ground.
ild.05 There he stood for a while with his head and shoulders buried deep in the dust for he had fallen on sandy soil till his Horses kicked him and laid him flat on the ground, as Antilochus lashed them and drove them off to the host of the Achaeans.
ild.06 Ablerus fell by the spear of Nestor s son Antilochus, and Agamemnon, king of men, killed Elatus who dwelt in Pedasus by the banks of the river Satnioeis.
ild.13 First he went up to Teucer and Leitus, the hero Peneleos, and Thoas and Deipyrus; Meriones also and Antilochus, valiant warriors; all did he exhort.
ild.13 His Charioteer was struck with panic and did not dare turn his Horses round and escape: thereupon Antilochus hit him in the middle of his body with a spear; his cuirass of Bronze did not protect him, and the spear stuck in his belly.
ild.13 He fell gasping from his Chariot and Antilochus great Nestor s son, drove his Horses from the Trojans to the Achaeans.
ild.13 Noble Antilochus was more angry than any one, but grief did not make him forget his friend and comrade.
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 Antilochus spied his chance, flew forward towards Thoon, and wounded him as he was turning round.
ild.13 Antilochus sprang upon him and stripped the armour from his shoulders, glaring round him fearfully as he did so.
ild.13 As he was thus aiming among the crowd, he was seen by Adamas son of Asius, who rushed towards him and struck him with a spear in the middle of his shield, but Neptune made its point without effect, for he grudged him the life of Antilochus.
ild.13 One half, therefore, of the spear stuck fast like a charred stake in Antilochus s shield, while the other lay on the ground.
ild.14 Antilochus killed Phalces and Mermerus, while Meriones slew Morys and Hippotion, Teucer also killed Prothoon and Periphetes.
ild.15 Menelaus of the loud battle cry urged Antilochus on.
ild.15 Antilochus"," said he, "you are young and there is none of the Achaeans more fleet of foot or more valiant than you are.
ild.15 He hurried away when he had thus spurred Antilochus, who at once darted out from the front ranks and aimed a spear, after looking carefully round him.
ild.15 Antilochus sprang upon him as a Dog springs on a fawn which a hunter has hit as it was breaking away from its covert, and killed it.
ild.15 Even so, O Melanippus, did stalwart Antilochus spring upon you to strip you of your armour; but noble Hector marked him, and came running up to him through the thick of the battle.
ild.15 Antilochus, brave soldier though he was, would not stay to face him, but fled like some savage creature which knows it has done wrong, and flies, when it has killed a Dog or a man who is herding his Cattle, before a body of men can be gathered to attack it.
ild.16 Of the sons of Nestor one, Antilochus, speared Atymnius, driving the point of the spear through his throat, and down he fell.
ild.16 Maris then sprang on Antilochus in hand to hand fight to avenge his brother, and bestrode the body spear in hand; but valiant Thrasymedes was too quick for him, and in a moment had struck him in the shoulder ere he could deal his blow; his aim was true, and the spear severed all the muscles at the root of his arm, and tore them right down to the bone, so he fell heavily to the ground and his eyes were closed in darkness.
ild.17 All the best of them were being worn out by the great weight of their armour, but the two valiant heroes, Thrasymedes and Antilochus, had not yet heard of the death of Patroclus, and believed him to be still alive and leading the van against the Trojans; they were keeping themselves in reserve against the death or rout of their own comrades, for so Nestor had ordered when he sent them from the ships into battle.
ild.17 Ajax then said to Menelaus, "Look, Menelaus, and if Antilochus son of Nestor be still living, send him at once to tell Achilles that by far the dearest to him of all his comrades has fallen.
ild.17 Menelaus went up to him and said, Antilochus", come here and listen to sad news, which I would indeed were untrue.
ild.17 Antilochus was struck with horror.
ild.17 Nor were you, O Menelaus, minded to succour his harassed comrades, when Antilochus had left the Pylians and greatly did they miss him but he sent them noble Thrasymedes, and himself went back to Patroclus.
ild.17 He came running up to the two Ajaxes and said, "I have sent Antilochus to the ships to tell Achilles, but rage against Hector as he may, he cannot come, for he cannot fight without armour.
ild.18 Meanwhile the fleet runner Antilochus, who had been sent as messenger, reached Achilles, and found him sitting by his tall ships and boding that which was indeed too surely true.
ild.18 Antilochus bent over him the while, weeping and holding both his hands as he lay groaning for he feared that he might plunge a knife into his own throat.
ild.23 Fourth in order Antilochus, son to noble Nestor son of Neleus, made ready his Horses.
ild.23 Antilochus"," said Nestor, "you are young, but Jove and Neptune have loved you well, and have made you an excellent Horseman.
ild.23 Achilles shook the helmet, and the lot of Antilochus son of Nestor fell out first; next came that of King Eumelus, and after his, those of Menelaus son of Atreus and of Meriones.
ild.23 Menelaus son of Atreus came next behind him, but Antilochus called to his father s Horses.
ild.23 Presently Antilochus saw a narrow place where the road had sunk.
ild.23 Menelaus was making towards it so as to get there first, for fear of a foul, but Antilochus turned his Horses out of the way, and followed him a little on one side.
ild.23 The son of Atreus was afraid and shouted out, Antilochus", you are driving recklessly; rein in your Horses; the road is too narrow here, it will be wider soon, and you can pass me then; if you foul my Chariot you may bring both of us to a mischief.
ild.23 But Antilochus plied his whip, and drove faster, as though he had not heard him.
ild.23 Menelaus then upbraided Antilochus and said, "There is no greater trickster living than you are; go, and bad luck go with you; the Achaeans say not well that you have understanding, and come what may you shall not bear away the prize without sworn protest on my part.
ild.23 Next after him came in Antilochus of the race of Neleus, who had passed Menelaus by a trick and not by the fleetness of his Horses; but even so Menelaus came in as close behind him as the wheel is to the Horse that draws both the Chariot and its master.
ild.23 The end hairs of a Horse s tail touch the tyre of the wheel, and there is never much space between wheel and Horse when the Chariot is going; Menelaus was no further than this behind Antilochus, though at first he had been a full disc s throw behind him.
ild.23 Thus did he speak and the others all of them applauded his saying, and were for doing as he had said, but Nestor s son Antilochus stood up and claimed his rights from the son of Peleus.
ild.23 Achilles smiled as he heard this, and was pleased with Antilochus, who was one of his dearest comrades.
ild.23 Antilochus", if you would have me find Eumelus another prize, I will give him the Bronze breastplate with a rim of tin running all round it which I took from Asteropaeus.
ild.23 But Menelaus got up in a rage, furiously angry with Antilochus.
ild.23 Antilochus"," said he, "what is this from you who have been so far blameless? You have made me cut a poor figure and baulked my Horses by flinging your own in front of them, though yours are much worse than mine are; therefore, O princes and counsellors of the Argives, judge between us and show no favour, lest one of the Achaeans say, Menelaus has got the mare through lying and corruption; his Horses were far inferior to Antilochus s, but he has greater weight and influence.
ild.23 Come here, Antilochus, and stand, as our custom is, whip in hand before your Chariot and Horses; lay your hand on your steeds, and swear by earth encircling Neptune that you did not purposely and guilefully get in the way of my Horses.
ild.23 And Antilochus answered, "Forgive me; I am much younger, King Menelaus, than you are; you stand higher than I do and are the better man of the two; you know how easily young men are betrayed into indiscretion; their tempers are more hasty and they have less judgement; make due allowances therefore, and bear with me; I will of my own accord give up the mare that I have won, and if you claim any further chattel from my own possessions, I would rather yield it to you, at once, than fall from your good graces henceforth, and do wrong in the sight of heaven.
ild.23 He turned to Antilochus and said, "Now, Antilochus, angry though I have been, I can give way to you of my own free will; you have never been headstrong nor ill disposed hitherto, but this time your youth has got the better of your judgement; be careful how you outwit your betters in future; no one else could have brought me round so easily, but your good father, your brother, and yourself have all of you had infinite trouble on my behalf; I therefore yield to your entreaty, and will give up the mare to you, mine though it indeed be; the people will thus see that I am neither harsh nor vindictive.
ild.23 With this he gave the mare over to Antilochus s comrade Noemon, and then took the cauldron.
ild.23 Forthwith uprose fleet Ajax son of Oileus, with cunning Ulysses, and Nestor s son Antilochus, the fastest runner among all the youth of his time.
ild.23 Antilochus carried off the last prize and smiled as he said to the bystanders, "You all see, my friends, that now too the Gods have shown their respect for seniority.
ild.23 He said this to pay a compliment to the son of Peleus, and Achilles answered, Antilochus", you shall not have praised me to no purpose; I shall give you an additional half talent of Gold.
ild.23 He then gave the half talent to Antilochus, who received it gladly.

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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