Calchas

Created by Jijith Nadumuri at 21 Sep 2011 14:01 and updated at 21 Sep 2011 14:01

ILIAD NOUN

ild.01 With these words he sat down, and Calchas son of Thestor, wisest of augurs, who knew things past present and to come, rose to speak.
ild.01 And Achilles answered, "Fear not, but speak as it is borne in upon you from heaven, for by Apollo, Calchas, to whom you pray, and whose oracles you reveal to us, not a Danaan at our ships shall lay his hand upon you, while I yet live to look upon the face of the earth no, not though you name Agamemnon himself, who is by far the foremost of the Achaeans.
ild.01 His heart was black with rage, and his eyes flashed fire as he scowled on Calchas and said, Seer" of evil, you never yet prophesied smooth things concerning me, but have ever loved to foretell that which was evil.
ild.02 A man chafes at having to stay away from his wife even for a single month, when he is on shipboard, at the mercy of wind and sea, but it is now Nine long years that we have been kept here; I cannot, therefore, blame the Achaeans if they turn restive; still we shall be shamed if we go home empty after so long a stay therefore, my friends, be patient yet a little longer that we may learn whether the prophesyings of Calchas were false or true.
ild.02 Seeing, then, that such a fearful portent had broken in upon our Hecatombs, Calchas forthwith declared to us the oracles of heaven.
ild.13 Meanwhile earth encircling Neptune lord of the earthquake cheered on the Argives, for he had come up out of the sea and had assumed the form and voice of Calchas.
ild.13 It was not Calchas the seer and diviner of omens; I knew him at once by his feet and knees as he turned away, for the Gods are soon recognised.

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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