Created by Jijith Nadumuri at 21 Sep 2011 14:06 and updated at 21 Sep 2011 14:06


ild.02 Whet well your spears; see well to the ordering of your shields; give good feeds to your Horses, and look your Chariots carefully over, that we may do battle the livelong day; for we shall have no rest, not for a moment, till night falls to part us.
ild.02 The bands that bear your shields shall be wet with the sweat upon your shoulders, your hands shall weary upon your spears, your Horses shall steam in front of your Chariots, and if I see any man shirking the fight, or trying to keep out of it at the ships, there shall be no help for him, but he shall be a prey to Dogs and Vultures.
ild.02 No man living could equal him in the marshalling of Chariots and foot soldiers.
ild.02 The Chariots were housed under cover, but their owners, for lack of leadership, wandered hither and thither about the host and went not forth to fight.
ild.03 They backed their Chariots toward the ranks, got out of them, and put off their armour, laying it down upon the ground; and the hosts were near to one another with a little space between them.
ild.04 He placed his knights with their Chariots and Horses in the front rank, while the foot soldiers, brave men and many, whom he could trust, were in the rear.
ild.05 In my father s stables there are Eleven excellent Chariots, fresh from the builder, quite new, with cloths spread over them; and by each of them there stand a pair of Horses, champing barley and rye; my old father Lycaon urged me again and again when I was at home and on the point of starting, to take Chariots and Horses with me that I might lead the Trojans in battle, but I would not listen to him; it would have been much better if I had done so, but I was thinking about the Horses, which had been used to eat their fill, and I was afraid that in such a great gathering of men they might be ill fed, so I left them at home and came on foot to Ilius armed only with my bow and arrows.
ild.06 With these words they sprang from their Chariots, grasped one another s hands, and plighted friendship.
ild.07 I can charge among the Chariots and Horsemen, and in hand to hand fighting can delight the heart of Mars; howbeit I would not take such a man as you are off his guard but I will smite you openly if I can.
ild.07 Hard by the funeral pyre we will build a barrow that shall be raised from the plain for all in common; near this let us set about building a high wall, to shelter ourselves and our ships, and let it have well made gates that there may be a way through them for our Chariots.
ild.07 Now in the twilight when it was not yet dawn, chosen bands of the Achaeans were gathered round the pyre and built one barrow that was raised in common for all, and hard by this they built a high wall to shelter themselves and their ships; they gave it strong gates that there might be a way through them for their Chariots, and close outside it they dug a trench deep and wide, and they planted it within with stakes.
ild.08 I tell you therefore and it would have surely been I should have struck you with lighting, and your Chariots would never have brought you back again to Olympus.
ild.08 They left their Chariots and sat down on the ground to hear the speech he made them.
ild.08 Take your Horses out of their Chariots and give them their feeds of corn; then make speed to bring Sheep and Cattle from the city; bring wine also and corn for your Horses and gather much wood, that from dark till dawn we may burn watchfires whose flare may reach to heaven.
ild.08 A thousand camp fires gleamed upon the plain, and in the glow of each there sat Fifty men, while the Horses, champing oats and corn beside their Chariots, waited till dawn should come.
ild.09 He may offer me Ten or even Twenty times what he has now done, nay not though it be all that he has in the world, both now or ever shall have; he may promise me the wealth of Orchomenus or of Egyptian Thebes, which is the richest city in the whole world, for it has a hundred gates through each of which two hundred men may drive at once with their Chariots and Horses; he may offer me gifts as the sands of the sea or the dust of the plain in multitude, but even so he shall not move me till I have been revenged in full for the bitter wrong he has done me.
ild.11 When Hector saw Agamemnon quit the field, he shouted to the Trojans and Lycians saying, Trojans", Lycians, and Dardanian warriors, be men, my friends, and acquit yourselves in battle bravely; their best man has left them, and Jove has vouchsafed me a great triumph; charge the foe with your Chariots that.
ild.11 They and their Chariots with them had gone to the games and were to run for a tripod, but King Augeas took them, and sent back their driver grieving for the loss of his Horses.
ild.11 "Thus did we order all things, and offer sacrifices to the Gods throughout the city; but three days afterwards the Epeans came in a body, many in number, they and their Chariots, in full array, and with them the two Moliones in their armour, though they were still lads and unused to fighting.
ild.11 The Epeans fled in all directions when they saw the captain of their Horsemen (the best man they had) laid low, and I swept down on them like a whirlwind, taking Fifty Chariots and in each of them two men bit the dust, slain by my spear.
ild.12 Thus spoke Polydamas and his saying pleased Hector, who sprang in full armour to the ground, and all the other Trojans, when they saw him do so, also left their Chariots.
ild.12 He had driven towards the left wing of the ships, by which way the Achaeans used to return with their Chariots and Horses from the plain.
ild.15 BUT when their flight had taken them past the trench and the set stakes, and many had fallen by the hands of the Danaans, the Trojans made a halt on reaching their Chariots, routed and pale with fear.
ild.15 Now, therefore, order your Horsemen to drive their Chariots to the ships in great multitudes.
ild.15 As a wave breaking over the bulwarks of a ship when the sea runs high before a gale for it is the force of the wind that makes the waves so great even so did the Trojans spring over the wall with a shout, and drive their Chariots onwards.
ild.15 The two sides fought with their double pointed spears in hand to hand encounter the Trojans from their Chariots, and the Achaeans climbing up into their ships and wielding the long pikes that were lying on the decks ready for use in a sea fight, jointed and shod with Bronze.
ild.16 Many a yoke of Horses snapped the pole of their Chariots in the trench and left their master s car behind them.
ild.16 Chariots were being smashed in all directions, and many a man came tumbling down from his own car to fall beneath the wheels of that of Patroclus, whose immortal steeds, given by the Gods to Peleus, sprang over the trench at a bound as they sped onward.
ild.17 I fear neither battle nor the din of Chariots, but Jove s will is stronger than ours; Jove at one time makes even a strong man draw back and snatches victory from his grasp, while at another he will set him on to fight.
ild.17 But I can see not a man among the Achaeans to send, for they and their Chariots are alike hidden in darkness.
ild.18 Ringing as the note of a trumpet that sounds alarm then the foe is at the gates of a city, even so brazen was the voice of the son of Aeacus, and when the Trojans heard its clarion tones they were dismayed; the Horses turned back with their Chariots for they boded mischief, and their drivers were awe struck by the steady flame which the grey eyed Goddess had kindled above the head of the great son of Peleus.
ild.18 Thrice did Achilles raise his loud cry as he stood by the trench, and thrice were the Trojans and their brave allies thrown into confusion; whereon Twelve of their noblest champions fell beneath the wheels of their Chariots and perished by their own spears.
ild.18 He had sent him out with Horses and Chariots into battle, but his return he was not to welcome.
ild.20 The Chariots of the Achaeans cut him up as their wheels passed over him in the front of the battle, and after him Achilles killed Demoleon, a valiant man of war and son to Antenor.
ild.23 Thrice did they drive their Chariots all sorrowing round the body, and Thetis stirred within them a still deeper yearning.
ild.23 The others then put off every man his armour, took the Horses from their Chariots, and seated themselves in great multitude by the ship of the fleet descendant of Aeacus, who thereon feasted them with an abundant funeral banquet.
ild.23 The Chariots went before, and they that were on foot followed as a cloud in their tens of thousands after.
ild.23 Thus spoke the son of Peleus and the drivers of Chariots bestirred themselves.
ild.23 It may have been a monument to some one long since dead, or it may have been used as a doubling post in days gone by; now, however, it has been fixed on by Achilles as the mark round which the Chariots shall turn; hug it as close as you can, but as you stand in your Chariot lean over a little to the left; urge on your right hand Horse with voice and lash, and give him a loose rein, but let the left hand Horse keep so close in, that the nave of your wheel shall almost graze the post; but mind the stone, or you will wound your Horses and break your Chariot in pieces, which would be sport for others but confusion for yourself.
ild.23 They then all mounted their Chariots and cast lots.
ild.23 At one moment the Chariots seemed to touch the ground, and then again they bounded into the air; the drivers stood erect, and their hearts beat fast and furious in their lust of victory.
ild.23 They went side by side for about as far as a young man can hurl a disc from his shoulder when he is trying his strength, and then Menelaus s mares drew behind, for he left off driving for fear the Horses should foul one another and upset the Chariots; thus, while pressing on in quest of victory, they might both come headlong to the ground.

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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