Created by Jijith Nadumuri at 21 Sep 2011 15:04 and updated at 21 Sep 2011 15:04


ild.01 Your sceptre of the God and your wreath shall profit you nothing.
ild.01 "Hear me," he cried, "O God of the Silver bow, that protectest Chryse and holy Cilla and rulest Tenedos with thy might, hear me oh thou of Sminthe.
ild.01 "The God," he said, "is angry neither about vow nor Hecatomb, but for his priest s sake, whom Agamemnon has dishonoured, in that he would not free his daughter nor take a ransom for her; therefore has he sent these evils upon us, and will yet send others.
ild.01 Give this girl, therefore, to the God, and if ever Jove grants us to sack the city of Troy we will requite you three and fourfold.
ild.01 But of this we will take thought hereafter; for the present, let us draw a ship into the sea, and find a crew for her expressly; let us put a Hecatomb on board, and let us send Chryseis also; further, let some chief man among us be in command, either Ajax, or Idomeneus, or yourself, son of Peleus, mighty warrior that you are, that we may offer sacrifice and appease the the anger of the God.
ild.01 He escorted Chryseis on board and sent moreover a Hecatomb for the God.
ild.01 Then the God sent a deadly dart upon the Argives, and the people died thick on one another, for the arrows went everywhither among the wide host of the Achaeans.
ild.01 The Achaeans are now taking the girl in a ship to Chryse, and sending gifts of sacrifice to the God; but the heralds have just taken from my tent the daughter of Briseus, whom the Achaeans had awarded to myself.
ild.01 Chryses"," said he, King" Agamemnon has sent me to bring you back your child, and to offer sacrifice to Apollo on behalf of the Danaans, that we may propitiate the God, who has now brought sorrow upon the Argives.
ild.01 So saying he gave the girl over to her father, who received her gladly, and they ranged the holy Hecatomb all orderly round the altar of the God.
ild.01 "Hear me," he cried, "O God of the Silver bow, that protectest Chryse and holy Cilla, and rulest Tenedos with thy might.
ild.01 Thus all day long the young men worshipped the God with song, hymning him and chaunting the joyous paean, and the God took pleasure in their voices; but when the sun went down, and it came on dark, they laid themselves down to sleep by the stern cables of the ship, and when the child of morning, rosy fingered Dawn, appeared they again set sail for the host of the Achaeans.
ild.01 This is the most solemn that I can give to any God.
ild.01 When it is proper for you to hear, there is no one, God or man, who will be told sooner, but when I mean to keep a matter to myself, you must not pry nor ask questions.
ild.02 Then, when he had eaten both the sparrow and her young, the God who had sent him made him become a sign; for the son of scheming Saturn turned him into stone, and we stood there wondering at that which had come to pass.
ild.03 "That," answered Helen, "is huge Ajax, bulwark of the Achaeans, and on the other side of him, among the Cretans, stands Idomeneus looking like a God, and with the captains of the Cretans round him.
ild.03 This he flung to his comrades among the Achaeans, and was again springing upon Alexandrus to run him through with a spear, but Venus snatched him up in a moment (as a God can do), hid him under a cloud of darkness, and conveyed him to his own bedchamber.
ild.04 I too am a God and of the same race with yourself.
ild.04 Thus spoke the mighty God, crying to them from the city, while Jove s redoubtable daughter, the Trito born, went about among the host of the Achaeans, and urged them forward whenever she beheld them slackening.
ild.05 And Eurypylus, son of Euaemon, killed Hypsenor, the son of noble Dolopion, who had been made priest of the river Scamander, and was honoured among the people as though he were a God.
ild.05 If, then, any other God comes here and offers you battle, do not fight him; but should Jove s daughter Venus come, strike her with your spear and wound her.
ild.05 He has killed many a brave man unless indeed he is some God who is angry with the Trojans about their sacrifices, and and has set his hand against them in his displeasure.
ild.05 It is possible that he may be a God, but if he is the man I say he is, he is not making all this havoc without heaven s help, but has some God by his side who is shrouded in a cloud of darkness, and who turned my arrow aside when it had hit him.
ild.05 Not one whit did he fear the mighty God, so set was he on killing Aeneas and stripping him of his armour.
ild.05 When he was coming on for the fourth time, as though he were a God, Apollo shouted to him with an awful voice and said, "Take heed, son of Tydeus, and draw off; think not to match yourself against Gods, for men that walk the earth cannot hold their own with the immortals.
ild.05 The son of Tydeus then gave way for a little space, to avoid the anger of the God, while Apollo took Aeneas out of the crowd and set him in sacred Pergamus, where his temple stood.
ild.05 Then Phoebus Apollo said to Mars, Mars", Mars, bane of men, blood stained stormer of cities, can you not go to this man, the son of Tydeus, who would now fight even with father Jove, and draw him out of the battle? He first went up to the Cyprian and wounded her in the hand near her wrist, and afterwards sprang upon me too, as though he were a God.
ild.05 Then he said to his men, "My friends, how can we wonder that Hector wields the spear so well? Some God is ever by his side to protect him, and now Mars is with him in the likeness of mortal man.
ild.05 First he went up to the Cyprian and wounded her in the hand near her wrist, and then he sprang upon me too as though he were a God.
ild.05 You have the intolerable and stubborn spirit of your mother Juno: it is all I can do to manage her, and it is her doing that you are now in this plight: still, I cannot let you remain longer in such great pain; you are my own off spring, and it was by me that your mother conceived you; if, however, you had been the son of any other God, you are so destructive that by this time you should have been lying lower than the Titans.
ild.06 Then the king knew that he must be the valiant offspring of a God, so he kept him in Lycia, gave him his daughter in marriage, and made him of equal honour in the kingdom with himself; and the Lycians gave him a piece of land, the best in all the country, fair with vineyards and tilled fields, to have and to hold.
ild.07 Jove was displeased and answered, "What, O shaker of the earth, are you talking about? A God less powerful than yourself might be alarmed at what they are doing, but your fame reaches as far as dawn itself.
ild.08 Then said she to the mighty God of Neptune, "What now, wide ruling lord of the earthquake? Can you find no compassion in your heart for the dying Danaans, who bring you many a welcome offering to Helice and to Aegae? Wish them well then.
ild.09 The men that dwell there are rich in Cattle and Sheep; they will honour him with gifts as though he were a God, and be obedient to his comfortable ordinances.
ild.09 Jove, moreover, has sent his lightnings on their right; Hector, in all his glory, rages like a maniac; confident that Jove is with him he fears neither God nor man, but is gone raving mad, and prays for the approach of day.
ild.09 The men that dwell there are rich in Cattle and Sheep; they will honour you with gifts as though were a God, and be obedient to your comfortable ordinances.
ild.09 Moreover, though you hate both him and his gifts with all your heart, yet pity the rest of the Achaeans who are being harassed in all their host; they will honour you as a God, and you will earn great glory at their hands.
ild.09 I took counsel to kill him, but some God stayed my rashness and bade me think on men s evil tongues and how I should be branded as the murderer of my father: nevertheless I could not bear to stay in my father s house with him so bitter a against me.
ild.09 Take the gifts, and go, for the Achaeans will then honour you as a God; whereas if you fight without taking them, you may beat the battle back, but you will not be held in like honour.
ild.10 Then he went to rouse his brother, who was by far the most powerful of the Achaeans, and was honoured by the people as though he were a God.
ild.10 I never saw nor heard tell of any man as having wrought such ruin in one day as Hector has now wrought against the sons of the Achaeans and that too of his own unaided self, for he is son neither to God nor Goddess.
ild.10 While he was thus hesitating Minerva came up to him and said, "Get back, Diomed, to the ships or you may be driven thither, should some other God rouse the Trojans.
ild.10 "Tell me," said he, "renowned Ulysses, how did you two come by these Horses? Did you steal in among the Trojan forces, or did some God meet you and give them to you? They are like sunbeams.
ild.10 Surely some God must have met you and given them to you, for you are both of dear to Jove, and to Jove s daughter Minerva.
ild.11 The Trojans, on the other side upon the rising slope of the plain, were gathered round great Hector, noble Polydamas, Aeneas who was honoured by the Trojans like an immortal, and the three sons of Antenor, Polybus, Agenor, and young Acamas beauteous as a God.
ild.11 Discord was glad as she beheld them, for she was the only God that went among them; the others were not there, but stayed quietly each in his own home among the dells and valleys of Olympus.
ild.11 Phoebus Apollo, to whom I ween you pray ere you go into battle, has again saved you, nevertheless I will meet you and make and end of you hereafter, if there is any God who will stand by me too and be my helper.
ild.12 Meanwhile the rest of the Trojans were fighting about the other gates; I, however, am no God to be able to tell about all these things, for the battle raged everywhere about the stone wall as it were a fiery furnace.
ild.12 None but a God could have withstood him as he flung himself into the gateway, and his eyes glared like fire.
ild.13 Thus did they converse, exulting in the hunger after battle with which the God had filled them.
ild.13 Neptune spoke in the likeness and with the voice of Thoas son of Andraemon who ruled the Aetolians of all Pleuron and high Calydon, and was honoured among his people as though he were a God.
ild.13 Therewith the God went back into the thick of the fight, and Idomeneus when he had reached his tent donned his armour, grasped his two spears, and sallied forth.
ild.14 She went, therefore, to the room which her son Vulcan had made her, and the doors of which he had cunningly fastened by means of a secret key so that no other God could open them.
ild.14 And Jove answered, Juno", you need not be afraid that either God or man will see you, for I will enshroud both of us in such a dense Golden cloud, that the very sun for all his bright piercing beams shall not see through it.
ild.15 Juno trembled as he spoke, and said, "May heaven above and earth below be my witnesses, with the waters of the river Styx and this is the most solemn oath that a blessed God can take nay, I swear also by your own almighty head and by our bridal bed things over which I could never possibly perjure myself that Neptune is not punishing Hector and the Trojans and helping the Achaeans through any doing of mine; it is all of his own mere motion because he was sorry to see the Achaeans hard pressed at their ships: if I were advising him, I should tell him to do as you bid him.
ild.15 But I will not stay my anger, nor permit any God to help the Danaans till I have accomplished the desire of the son of Peleus, according to the promise I made by bowing my head on the day when Thetis touched my knees and besought me to give him honour.
ild.15 And as a Horse, stabled and full fed, breaks loose and gallops gloriously over the plain to the place where he is wont to take his bath in the river he tosses his head, and his mane streams over his shoulders as in all the pride of his strength he flies full speed to the pastures where the mares are feeding even so Hector, when he heard what the God said, urged his Horsemen on, and sped forward as fast as his limbs could take him.
ild.16 Fair Polydora daughter of Peleus bore him to ever flowing Spercheius a Woman mated with a God but he was called son of Borus son of Perieres, with whom his mother was living as his wedded wife, and who gave great wealth to gain her.
ild.16 In this chest he had a cup of rare workmanship, from which no man but himself might drink, nor would he make offering from it to any other God save only to father Jove.
ild.16 King" Jove," he cried, "lord of Dodona, God of the Pelasgi, who dwellest afar, you who hold wintry Dodona in your sway, where your prophets the Selli dwell around you with their feet unwashed and their couches made upon the ground if you heard me when I prayed to you aforetime, and did me honour while you sent disaster on the Achaeans, vouchsafe me now the fulfilment of yet this further prayer.
ild.16 Glaucus perceived this, and was thankful that the mighty God had answered his prayer; forthwith, therefore, he went among the Lycian captains, and bade them come to fight about the body of Sarpedon.
ild.16 Ida, and was honoured by the people as though he were a God.
ild.16 When Patroclus was coming on like a God for yet a fourth time, Apollo shouted to him with an awful voice and said, "Draw back, noble Patroclus, it is not your lot to sack the city of the Trojan chieftains, nor yet will it be that of Achilles who is a far better man than you are.
ild.16 With this the God went back into the hurly burly, and Hector bade Cebriones drive again into the fight.
ild.16 Then Patroclus sprang like Mars with fierce intent and a terrific shout upon the Trojans, and thrice did he kill Nine men; but as he was coming on like a God for a time, then, O Patroclus, was the hour of your end approaching, for Phoebus fought you in fell earnest.
ild.16 Patroclus did not see him as he moved about in the crush, for he was enshrouded in thick darkness, and the God struck him from behind on his back and his broad shoulders with the flat of his hand, so that his eyes turned dizzy.
ild.16 Euphorbus then ran back into the crowd, after drawing his ashen spear out of the wound; he would not stand firm and wait for Patroclus, unarmed though he now was, to attack him; but Patroclus unnerved, alike by the blow the God had given him and by the spear wound, drew back under cover of his men in fear for his life.
ild.17 The God then went back into the toil and turmoil, but the soul of Hector was darkened with a cloud of grief; he looked along the ranks and saw Euphorbus lying on the ground with the blood still flowing from his wound, and Menelaus stripping him of his armour.
ild.17 Why, however, should I thus hesitate? When a man fights in despite of heaven with one whom a God befriends, he will soon rue it.
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.18 The God of war deals out like measure to all, and the slayer may yet be slain.
ild.18 Meanwhile Thetis came to the house of Vulcan, imperishable, star bespangled, fairest of the abodes in heaven, a house of Bronze wrought by the lame God s own hands.
ild.18 Charis, of graceful head dress, wife to the far famed lame God, came towards her as soon as she saw her, and took her hand in her own, saying, "Why have you come to our house, Thetis, honoured and ever welcome for you do not visit us often? Come inside and let me set refreshment before you.
ild.18 Then she called Vulcan and said, Vulcan", come here, Thetis wants you"; and the far famed lame God answered, "Then it is indeed an august and honoured Goddess who has come here; she it was that took care of me when I was suffering from the heavy fall which I had through my cruel mother s anger for she would have got rid of me because I was lame.
ild.18 The God wrought also a pasture in a fair mountain dell, and large flock of Sheep, with a homestead and huts, and sheltered Sheepfolds.
ild.18 Lastly, when the famed lame God had made all the armour, he took it and set it before the mother of Achilles; whereon she darted like a falcon from the snowy summits of Olympus and bore away the gleaming armour from the house of Vulcan.
ild.19 NOW when Dawn in robe of saffron was hasting from the streams of Oceanus, to bring light to mortals and immortals, Thetis reached the ships with the armour that the God had given her.
ild.19 The Myrmidons were struck with awe, and none dared look full at it, for they were afraid; but Achilles was roused to still greater fury, and his eyes gleamed with a fierce light, for he was glad when he handled the splendid present which the God had made him.
ild.19 Then, as soon as he had satisfied himself with looking at it, he said to his mother, Mother", the God has given me armour, meet handiwork for an immortal and such as no living could have fashioned; I will now arm, but I much fear that flies will settle upon the son of Menoetius and breed worms about his wounds, so that his body, now he is dead, will be disfigured and the flesh will rot.
ild.19 Agamemnon then rose, and Talthybius whose voice was like that of a God came to him with the boar.
ild.19 Thus, then, full of fury against the Trojans, did he don the gift of the God, the armour that Vulcan had made him.
ild.19 Neither was it through any sloth or slackness on our part that the Trojans stripped Patroclus of his armour; it was the mighty God whom lovely Leto bore that slew him as he fought among the foremost, and vouchsafed a triumph to Hector.
ild.20 Apollo with his arrows took his stand to face King Neptune, while Minerva took hers against the God of war; the archer goddess Diana with her Golden arrows, sister of far darting Apollo, stood to face Juno; Mercury the lusty bringer of good luck faced Leto, while the mighty eddying river whom men can Scamander, but Gods Xanthus, matched himself against Vulcan.
ild.20 If Achilles be not thus assured by the voice of a God, he may come to fear presently when one of us meets him in battle, for the Gods are terrible if they are seen face to face.
ild.20 With these words the dark haired God led the way to the high earth barrow of Hercules, built round solid masonry, and made by the Trojans and Pallas Minerva for him fly to when the sea monster was chasing him from the shore on to the plain.
ild.20 The son of Peleus held the shield before him with his strong hand, and he was afraid, for he deemed that Aeneas s spear would go through it quite easily, not reflecting that the God s glorious gifts were little likely to yield before the blows of mortal men; and indeed Aeneas s spear did not pierce the shield, for the layer of Gold, gift of the God, stayed the point.
ild.20 It went through two layers, but the God had made the shield in Five, two of Bronze, the two innermost ones of tin, and one of Gold; it was in this that the spear was stayed.
ild.20 Over the heads of many a band of warriors both Horse and foot did he soar as the God s hand sped him, till he came to the very fringe of the battle where the Cauconians were arming themselves for fight.
ild.20 Neptune, shaker of the earth, then came near to him and said, Aeneas, what God has egged you on to this folly in fighting the son of Peleus, who is both a mightier man of valour and more beloved of heaven than you are? Give way before him whensoever you meet him, lest you go down to the house of Hades even though fate would have it otherwise.
ild.20 The God left him when he had given him these instructions, and at once removed the darkness from before the eyes of Achilles, who opened them wide indeed and said in great anger, "Alas! what marvel am I now beholding? Here is my spear upon the ground, but I see not him whom I meant to kill when I hurled it.
ild.20 Thus he spoke, and Hector drew back within the crowd, for he was afraid when he heard what the God had said to him.
ild.20 Achilles then sprang furiously on him with a loud cry, bent on killing him, but Apollo caught him up easily as a God can, and hid him in a thick darkness.
ild.20 When he rushed forward for the fourth time as though he were a God, he shouted aloud saying, Hound", this time too you have escaped death but of a truth it came exceedingly near you.
ild.20 As a fire raging in some mountain glen after long drought and the dense forest is in a blaze, while the wind carries great tongues of fire in every direction even so furiously did Achilles rage, wielding his spear as though he were a God, and giving chase to those whom he would slay, till the dark earth ran with blood.
ild.21 Forthwith the hero left his spear upon the bank, leaning it against a tamarisk bush, and plunged into the river like a God, armed with his sword only.
ild.21 Asteropaeus failed with both his spears, for he could use both hands alike; with the one spear he struck Achilles shield, but did not pierce it, for the layer of Gold, gift of the God, stayed the point; with the other spear he grazed the elbow of Achilles! right arm drawing dark blood, but the spear itself went by him and fixed itself in the ground, foiled of its bloody banquet.
ild.21 But the mighty God ceased not in his pursuit, and sprang upon him with a dark crested wave, to stay his hands and save the Trojans from destruction.
ild.21 Help me at once; fill your streams with water from their sources, rouse all your torrents to a fury; raise your wave on high, and let snags and stones come thundering down you that we may make an end of this savage creature who is now lording it as though he were a God.
ild.21 The eels and fishes that go darting about everywhere in the water, these, too, were sorely harassed by the flames that cunning Vulcan had kindled, and the river himself was scalded, so that he spoke saying, Vulcan", there is no God can hold his own against you.
ild.21 As soon as Juno heard this she said to her son Vulcan, Son" Vulcan, hold now your flames; we ought not to use such violence against a God for the sake of mortals.
ild.22 Then Phoebus Apollo spoke to the son of Peleus saying, "Why, son of Peleus, do you, who are but man, give chase to me who am immortal? Have you not yet found out that it is a God whom you pursue so furiously? You did not harass the Trojans whom you had routed, and now they are within their walls, while you have been decoyed hither away from them.
ild.22 Now, therefore, Achaean youths, let us raise the song of victory and go back to the ships taking this man along with us; for we have achieved a mighty triumph and have slain noble Hector to whom the Trojans prayed throughout their city as though he were a God.
ild.22 you throughout the city, for you were a tower of strength to all in Troy, and both men and Women alike hailed you as a God.
ild.24 And Thetis answered, "Why does the mighty God so bid me? I am in great grief, and shrink from going in and out among the immortals.
ild.24 Silver footed Thetis did as the God had told her, and forthwith down she darted from the topmost summits of Olympus.
ild.24 Miserable man that I am, I have had the bravest sons in all Troy noble Nestor, Troilus the dauntless Charioteer, and Hector who was a God among men, so that one would have thought he was son to an immortal yet there is not one of them left.
ild.24 And Priam answered, "It is indeed as you say, my dear son; nevertheless some God has held his hand over me, in that he has sent such a wayfarer as yourself to meet me so Opportunely; you are so comely in mien and figure, and your judgement is so excellent that you must come of blessed parents.
ild.24 I will now leave you, and will not enter into the presence of Achilles, for it might anger him that a God should befriend mortal men thus openly.
ild.24 Moreover I know well, O Priam, and you cannot hide it, that some God has brought you to the ships of the Achaeans, for else, no man however strong and in his prime would dare to come to our host; he could neither pass our guard unseen, nor draw the bolt of my gates thus easily; therefore, provoke me no further, lest I sin against the word of Jove, and suffer you not, suppliant though you are, within my tents.
ild.24 As soon as they had had enough to eat and drink, Priam, descendant of Dardanus, marvelled at the strength and beauty of Achilles for he was as a God to see, and Achilles marvelled at Priam as he listened to him and looked upon his noble presence.

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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