Created by Jijith Nadumuri at 21 Sep 2011 13:53 and updated at 21 Sep 2011 13:53


ild.09 Automedon held the meat while Achilles chopped it; he then sliced the pieces and put them on spits while the son of Menoetius made the fire burn high.
ild.16 He bade Automedon yoke his Horses with all speed, for he was the man whom he held in honour next after Achilles, and on whose support in battle he could rely most firmly.
ild.16 Automedon therefore yoked the fleet Horses Xanthus and Balius, steeds that could fly like the wind: these were they whom the harpy Podarge bore to the west wind, as she was grazing in a meadow by the waters of the river Oceanus.
ild.16 In front of them all two men put on their armour Patroclus and Automedon two men, with but one mind to lead the Myrmidons.
ild.16 The other two Horses began to plunge; the pole of the Chariot cracked and they got entangled in the reins through the fall of the Horse that was yoked along with them; but Automedon knew what to do; without the loss of a moment he drew the keen blade that hung by his sturdy thigh and cut the third Horse adrift; whereon the other two righted themselves, and pulling hard at the reins again went together into battle.
ild.16 Meanwhile Patroclus, with many a shout to his Horses and to Automedon, pursued the Trojans and Lycians in the pride and foolishness of his heart.
ild.16 He then went spear in hand after Automedon, squire of the fleet descendant of Aeacus, for he longed to lay him low, but the immortal steeds which the Gods had given as a rich gift to Peleus bore him swiftly from the field.
ild.17 Automedon, valiant son of Diores, lashed them again and again; many a time did he speak kindly to them, and many a time did he upbraid them, but they would neither go back to the ships by the waters of the broad Hellespont, nor yet into battle among the Achaeans; they stood with their Chariot stock still, as a pillar set over the tomb of some dead man or Woman, and bowed their heads to the ground.
ild.17 Furthermore I will give you strength of heart and limb to bear Automedon safely to the ships from battle, for I shall let the Trojans triumph still further, and go on killing till they reach the ships; whereon night shall fall and darkness overshadow the land.
ild.17 Behind them fought Automedon full of sorrow for his comrade, as a Vulture amid a flock of geese.
ild.17 Automedon"," said he, "what God has put this folly into your heart and robbed you of your right mind, that you fight the Trojans in the front rank single handed? He who was your comrade is slain, and Hector plumes himself on being armed in the armour of the descendant of Aeacus.
ild.17 Automedon son of Diores answered, Alcimedon", there is no one else who can control and guide the immortal steeds so well as you can, save only Patroclus while he was alive peer of Gods in counsel.
ild.17 Alcimedon sprang on to the Chariot, and caught up the whip and reins, while Automedon leaped from off the car.
ild.17 Chromius and Aretus went also with them, and their hearts beat high with hope that they might kill the men and capture the Horses fools that they were, for they were not to return scatheless from their meeting with Automedon, who prayed to father Jove and was forthwith filled with courage and strength abounding.
ild.17 Hector then aimed a spear at Automedon but he saw it coming and stooped forward to avoid it, so that it 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.17 Automedon, peer of fleet Mars, then stripped him of his armour and vaunted over him saying, "I have done little to assuage my sorrow for the son of Menoetius, for the man I have killed is not so good as he was.
ild.19 Automedon and Alcimus busied themselves with the harnessing of his Horses; they made the bands fast about them, and put the bit in their mouths, drawing the reins back towards the Chariot.
ild.19 Automedon, whip in hand, sprang up behind the Horses, and after him Achilles mounted in full armour, resplendent as the sun god Hyperion.
ild.23 He bade his comrade Automedon bring the breastplate from his tent, and he did so.
ild.24 There he found him with his men seated at a distance from him: only two, the hero Automedon, and Alcimus of the race of Mars, were busy in attendance about his person, for he had but just done eating and drinking, and the table was still there.
ild.24 Then the son of Peleus sprang like a Lion through the door of his house, not alone, but with him went his two squires Automedon and Alcimus who were closer to him than any others of his comrades now that Patroclus was no more.
ild.24 Automedon brought bread in fair baskets and served it round the table, while Achilles dealt out the meat, and they laid their hands on the good things that were before them.

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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