Dolon

Created by Jijith Nadumuri at 21 Sep 2011 14:42 and updated at 21 Sep 2011 14:42

ILIAD NOUN

ild.10 They all held their peace; but there was among the Trojans a certain man named Dolon, son of Eumedes, the famous herald a man rich in Gold and Bronze.
ild.10 The oath he swore was bootless, but it made Dolon more keen on going.
ild.10 Dolon suspected nothing and soon passed them, but when he had got about as far as the distance by which a Mule plowed furrow exceeds one that has been ploughed by Oxen (for Mules can plow fallow land quicker than Oxen) they ran after him, and when he heard their footsteps he stood still, for he made sure they were friends from the Trojan camp come by Hector s orders to bid him return; when, however, they were only a spear s cast, or less away form him, he saw that they were enemies as fast as his legs could take him.
ild.10 The others gave chase at once, and as a couple of well trained hounds press forward after a doe or hare that runs screaming in front of them, even so did the son of Tydeus and Ulysses pursue Dolon and cut him off from his own people.
ild.10 Dolon answered, his limbs trembling beneath him: Hector", with his vain flattering promises, lured me from my better judgement.
ild.10 And Dolon answered, "I will tell you truly all.
ild.10 "I will tell you truly all," replied Dolon.
ild.10 Diomed looked sternly at him and answered, "Think not, Dolon, for all the good information you have given us, that you shall escape now you are in our hands, for if we ransom you or let you go, you will come some second time to the ships of the Achaeans either as a spy or as an open enemy, but if I kill you and an end of you, you will give no more trouble.
ild.10 On this Dolon would have caught him by the beard to beseech him further, but Diomed struck him in the middle of his neck with his sword and cut through both sinews so that his head fell rolling in the dust while he was yet speaking.
ild.10 Ulysses from some way off saw him and said, "This, Diomed, is the man, and these are the Horses about which Dolon whom we killed told us.
ild.10 When they reached the strongly built quarters of the son of Tydeus, they tied the Horses with thongs of leather to the manger, where the steeds of Diomed stood eating their sweet corn, but Ulysses hung the blood stained spoils of Dolon at the stern of his ship, that they might prepare a sacred offering to Minerva.

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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