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ild.01 Now, therefore, I shall go back to Phthia; it will be much better for me to return home with my ships, for I will not stay here dishonoured to gather Gold and substance for you.
ild.01 With this the son of Peleus dashed his Gold bestudded sceptre on the ground and took his seat, while the son of Atreus was beginning fiercely from his place upon the other side.
ild.02 Would you have yet more Gold, which some Trojan is to give you as a ransom for his son, when I or another Achaean has taken him prisoner? or is it some young girl to hide and lie with? It is not well that you, the ruler of the Achaeans, should bring them into such misery.
ild.02 From it there waved a hundred tassels of pure Gold, all deftly woven, and each one of them worth a hundred Oxen.
ild.02 He came into the fight with Gold about him, like a girl; fool that he was, his Gold was of no avail to save him, for he fell in the river by the hand of the fleet descendant of Aeacus, and Achilles bore away his Gold.
ild.03 Meanwhile the heralds were bringing the holy oath offerings through the city two lambs and a Goatskin of wine, the gift of earth; and Idaeus brought the mixing bowl and the cups of Gold.
ild.04 Now the Gods were sitting with Jove in council upon the Golden floor while Hebe went round pouring out nectar for them to drink, and as they pledged one another in their cups of Gold they looked down upon the town of Troy.
ild.04 Its horns were Sixteen palms long, and a worker in horn had made them into a bow, smoothing them well down, and giving them tips of Gold.
ild.05 Thus she spoke, and Mars gave her his Gold bedizened steeds.
ild.05 Father" Jove," said she, "do not be angry with me, but I think the Cyprian must have been persuading some one of the Achaean Women to go with the Trojans of whom she is so very fond, and while caressing one or other of them she must have torn her delicate hand with the Gold pin of the Woman s brooch.
ild.05 The felloes of the wheels were of Gold, imperishable, and over these there was a tire of Bronze, wondrous to behold.
ild.05 The car itself was made with plaited bands of Gold and Silver, and it had a double top rail running all round it.
ild.05 From the body of the car there went a pole of Silver, on to the end of which she bound the Golden yoke, with the bands of Gold that were to go under the necks of the Horses Then Juno put her steeds under the yoke, eager for battle and the war cry.
ild.05 On her head she set her helmet of Gold, with four plumes, and coming to a peak both in front and behind decked with the emblems of a hundred cities; then she stepped into her flaming Chariot and grasped the spear, so stout and sturdy and strong, with which she quells the ranks of heroes who have displeased her.
ild.06 "Take me alive," he cried, "son of Atreus, and you shall have a full ransom for me: my father is rich and has much treasure of Gold, Bronze, and wrought Iron laid by in his house.
ild.06 Here Hector entered, with a spear Eleven cubits long in his hand; the Bronze point gleamed in front of him, and was fastened to the shaft of the spear by a ring of Gold.
ild.08 With this he yoked his fleet Horses, with hoofs of Bronze and manes of glittering Gold.
ild.08 He girded himself also with Gold about the body, seized his Gold whip and took his seat in his Chariot.
ild.08 Haste in pursuit, that we may take the shield of Nestor, the fame of which ascends to heaven, for it is of solid Gold, arm rods and all, and that we may strip from the shoulders of Diomed.
ild.08 Thus did she speak and white armed Juno, daughter of great Saturn, obeyed her words; she set about harnessing her Gold bedizened steeds, while Minerva daughter of aegis bearing Jove flung her richly vesture, made with her own hands, on to the threshold of her father, and donned the shirt of Jove, arming herself for battle.
ild.08 He grasped a spear Eleven cubits long, the Bronze point of which gleamed in front of it, while the ring round the spear head was of Gold Spear in hand he spoke.
ild.09 I will give him Seven tripods that have never yet been on the fire, and Ten talents of Gold.
ild.09 Rich, indeed, both in land and Gold is he that has as many prizes as my Horses have won me.
ild.09 "All these things will I give him now down, and if hereafter the Gods vouchsafe me to sack the city of Priam, let him come when we Achaeans are dividing the spoil, and load his ship with Gold and Bronze to his liking; furthermore let him take Twenty Trojan Women, the loveliest after Helen herself.
ild.09 He will give you Seven tripods that have never yet been on the fire, and Ten talents of Gold; Twenty Iron cauldrons, and Twelve strong Horses that have won races and carried off prizes.
ild.09 Rich indeed both in land and Gold is he who has as many prizes as these Horses have won for Agamemnon.
ild.09 All these things will he give you now down, and if hereafter the gods vouchsafe him to sack the city of Priam, you can come when we Achaeans are dividing the spoil, and load your ship with Gold and Bronze to your liking.
ild.09 When the envoys reached the tents of the son of Atreus, the Achaeans rose, pledged them in cups of Gold, and began to question them.
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 two came breathless up to him and seized his hands, whereon he began to weep and said, "Take me alive; I will ransom myself; we have great store of Gold, Bronze, and wrought iron, and from this my father will satisfy you with a very large ransom, should he hear of my being alive at the ships of the Achaeans.
ild.10 His Chariot is bedight with Silver and Gold, and he has brought his marvellous Golden armour, of the rarest workmanship too splendid for any mortal man to carry, and meet only for the Gods.
ild.11 It had Ten courses of dark cyanus, twelve of Gold, and Ten of tin.
ild.11 About his shoulders he threw his sword, studded with bosses of Gold; and the scabbard was of Silver with a chain of Gold wherewith to hang it.
ild.11 Our father Antimachus has great store of Gold, Bronze, and wrought iron, and from this he will satisfy you with a very large ransom should he hear of our being alive at the ships of the Achaeans.
ild.11 There was also a cup of rare workmanship which the old man had brought with him from home, studded with bosses of Gold; it had four handles, on each of which there were two Golden doves feeding, and it had two feet to stand on.
ild.11 The old knight Peleus was in the outer court, roasting the fat thigh bones of a heifer to Jove the lord of thunder; and he held a Gold chalice in his hand from which he poured drink offerings of wine over the burning sacrifice.
ild.12 Before him he held his shield of hammered Bronze, that the smith had beaten so fair and round, and had lined with ox hides which he had made fast with rivets of Gold all round the shield; this he held in front of him, and brandishing his two spears came on like some Lion of the wilderness, who has been long famished for want of meat and will dare break even into a well fenced homestead to try and get at the Sheep.
ild.13 When he got there, he yoked his fleet brazen footed steeds with their manes of Gold all flying in the wind; he clothed himself in raiment of Gold, grasped his Gold whip, and took his stand upon his Chariot.
ild.13 He hobbled their feet with hobbles of Gold which none could either unloose or break, so that they might stay there in that place until their lord should return.
ild.14 Here they laid themselves down and overhead they were covered by a fair cloud of Gold, from which there fell glittering dew drops.
ild.15 Do you not remember how once upon a time I had you hanged? I fastened two anvils on to your feet, and bound your hands in a chain of Gold which none might break, and you hung in mid air among the clouds.
ild.17 His hair which was like that of the Graces, and his locks so deftly bound in bands of Silver and Gold, were all bedrabbled with blood.
ild.18 Have you not had enough of being cooped up behind walls? In the old days the city of Priam was famous the whole world over for its wealth of Gold and Bronze, but our treasures are wasted out of our houses, and much goods have been sold away to Phrygia and fair Meonia, for the hand of Jove has been laid heavily upon us.
ild.18 She found him busy with his bellows, sweating and hard at work, for he was making Twenty tripods that were to stand by the wall of his house, and he set wheels of Gold under them all that they might go of their own selves to the assemblies of the Gods, and come back again marvels indeed to see.
ild.18 He threw tough copper into the fire, and tin, with Silver and Gold; he set his great anvil on its block, and with one hand grasped his mighty hammer while he took the tongs in the other.
ild.18 But the men of the city would not yet consent, and armed themselves for a surprise; their wives and little children kept guard upon the walls, and with them were the men who were past fighting through age; but the others sallied forth with Mars and Pallas Minerva at their head both of them wrought in Gold and clad in Golden raiment, great and fair with their armour as befitting Gods, while they that followed were smaller.
ild.18 The part that they had ploughed was dark behind them, so that the field, though it was of Gold, still looked as if it were being ploughed very curious to behold.
ild.18 He made the cows of Gold and tin, and they lowed as they came full speed out of the yards to go and feed among the waving reeds that grow by the banks of the river.
ild.18 Along with the Cattle there went four shepherds, all of them in Gold, and their Nine fleet Dogs went with them.
ild.18 The girls were crowned with garlands, while the young men had daggers of Gold that hung by Silver baldrics; sometimes they would dance deftly in a ring with merry twinkling feet, as it were a potter sitting at his work and making trial of his wheel to see whether it will run, and sometimes they would go all in line with one another, and much people was gathered joyously about the green.
ild.19 Ulysses weighed out the Ten talents of Gold and then led the way back, while the young Achaeans brought the rest of the gifts, and laid them in the middle of the assembly.
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.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.22 Should they be still alive and in the hands of the Achaeans, we will ransom them with Gold and Bronze, of which we have store, for the old man Altes endowed his daughter richly; but if they are already dead and in the house of Hades, sorrow will it be to us two who were their parents; albeit the grief of others will be more short lived unless you too perish at the hands of Achilles.
ild.22 The thick tresses of Gold wi which Vulcan had crested the helmet floated round it, and as the evening star that shines brighter than all others through the stillness of night, even such was the gleam of the spear which Achilles poised in his right hand, fraught with the death of noble Hector.
ild.22 Then Hector said, as the life ebbed out of him, "I pray you by your life and knees, and by your parents, let not Dogs devour me at the ships of the Achaeans, but accept the rich treasure of Gold and Bronze which my father and mother will offer you, and send my body home, that the Trojans and their wives may give me my dues of fire when I am dead.
ild.22 Though Priam son of Dardanus should bid them offer me your weight in Gold, even so your mother shall never lay you out and make lament over the son she bore, but Dogs and Vultures shall eat you utterly up.
ild.23 All night long did they blow hard and beat upon the fire, and all night long did Achilles grasp his double cup, drawing wine from a mixing bowl of Gold, and calling upon the spirit of dead Patroclus as he poured it upon the ground until the earth was drenched.
ild.23 The fourth prize was two talents of Gold, and the fifth a two handled urn as yet unsoiled by smoke.
ild.23 The sand and grit rained thick on the driver, and the Chariot inlaid with Gold and tin ran close behind his fleet Horses.
ild.23 If you are sorry for him and so choose, you have much Gold in your tents, with Bronze, Sheep, Cattle and Horses.
ild.23 Meriones, who had come in fourth, carried off the two talents of Gold, and the fifth prize, the two handled urn, being unawarded, Achilles gave it to Nestor, going up to him among the assembled Argives and saying, "Take this, my good old friend, as an heirloom and memorial of the funeral of Patroclus for you shall see him no more among the Argives.
ild.23 For the second prize he offered a large ox, well fattened, while for the last there was to be half a talent of Gold.
ild.23 He said this to pay a compliment to the son of Peleus, and Achilles answered, Antilochus", you shall not have praised me to no purpose; I shall give you an additional half talent of Gold.

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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