Created by Jijith Nadumuri at 21 Sep 2011 15:09 and updated at 21 Sep 2011 15:09


ild.01 Many a brave soul did it send hurrying down to Hades, and many a hero did it yield a prey to Dogs and Vultures, for so were the counsels of Jove fulfilled from the day on which the son of Atreus, king of men, and great Achilles, first fell out with one another.
ild.03 Meanwhile the two hosts lifted up their hands and prayed saying, Father" Jove, that rulest from Ida, most glorious in power, grant that he who first brought about this war between us may die, and enter the house of Hades, while we others remain at peace and abide by our oaths.
ild.05 So, also, did huge Hades, when this same man, the son of aegis bearing Jove, hit him with an arrow even at the gates of hell, and hurt him badly.
ild.05 Thereon Hades went to the house of Jove on great Olympus, angry and full of pain; and the arrow in his brawny shoulder caused him great anguish till Paeeon healed him by spreading soothing herbs on the wound, for Hades was not of mortal mould.
ild.05 For all your strength, and all your coming from Lycia, you will be no help to the Trojans but will pass the gates of Hades vanquished by my hand.
ild.05 You shall yield glory to myself, and your soul to Hades of the noble steeds.
ild.05 Bloody Mars was stripping him of his armour, and Minerva donned the helmet of Hades, that he might not see her; when, therefore, he saw Diomed, he made straight for him and let Periphas lie where he had fallen.
ild.06 Could I but see him go down into the house of Hades, my heart would forget its heaviness.
ild.06 I had Seven brothers in my father s house, but on the same day they all went within the house of Hades.
ild.06 No one can hurry me down to Hades before my time, but if a man s hour is come, be he brave or be he coward, there is no escape for him when he has once been born.
ild.07 How would it not grieve him could he hear of them as now quailing before Hector? Many a time would he lift his hands in prayer that his soul might leave his body and go down within the house of Hades.
ild.07 Son" of Atreus, and other chieftains, inasmuch as many of the Achaeans are now dead, whose blood Mars has shed by the banks of the Scamander, and their souls have gone down to the house of Hades, it will be well when morning comes that we should cease fighting; we will then wheel our dead together with Oxen and Mules and burn them not far from the ships, that when we sail hence we may take the bones of our comrades home to their children.
ild.08 If I see anyone acting apart and helping either Trojans or Danaans, he shall be beaten inordinately ere he come back again to Olympus; or I will hurl him down into dark Tartarus far into the deepest pit under the earth, where the gates are Iron and the floor Bronze, as far beneath Hades as heaven is high above the earth, that you may learn how much the mightiest I am among you.
ild.08 He would weep till his cry came up to heaven, and then Jove would send me down to help him; if I had had the sense to foresee all this, when Eurystheus sent him to the house of Hades, to fetch the hell hound from Erebus, he would never have come back alive out of the deep waters of the river Styx.
ild.09 Let him then yieldit is only Hades who is utterly ruthless and unyielding and hence he is of all Gods the one most hateful to mankind.
ild.09 His mother, grieving for the death of her brother, prayed the Gods, and beat the earth with her hands, calling upon Hades and on awful Proserpine; she went down upon her knees and her bosom was wet with tears as she prayed that they would kill her son and Erinys that walks in darkness and knows no ruth heard her from Erebus.
ild.11 The son of Saturn sent a portent of evil sound about their host, and the dew fell red with blood, for he was about to send many a brave man hurrying down to Hades.
ild.11 Thus did the sons of Antenor meet their fate at the hands of the son of Atreus, and go down into the house of Hades.
ild.11 You have stayed me from fighting further with the Trojans, but you shall now fall by my spear, yielding glory to myself, and your soul to Hades of the noble steeds.
ild.13 Deiphobus vaunted over him and cried with a loud voice saying, "Of a truth Asius has not fallen unavenied; he will be glad even while passing into the house of Hades, strong warden of the gate, that I have sent some one to escort him.
ild.14 Polydamas vaunted loudly over him saying, "Again I take it that the spear has not sped in vain from the strong hand of the son of Panthous; an Argive has caught it in his body, and it will serve him for a staff as he goes down into the house of Hades.
ild.15 We were three brothers whom Rhea bore to Saturn Jove, myself, and Hades who rules the world below.
ild.15 When we cast lots, it fell to me to have my dwelling in the sea for evermore; Hades took the darkness of the realms under the earth, while air and sky and clouds were the portion that fell to Jove; but earth and great Olympus are the common property of all.
ild.15 Hector in a weak voice answered, "And which, kind sir, of the Gods are you, who now ask me thus? Do you not know that Ajax struck me on the chest with a stone as I was killing his comrades at the ships of the Achaeans, and compelled me to leave off fighting? I made sure that this very day I should breathe my last and go down into the house of Hades.
ild.16 You are only a mortal like myself, and if I were to hit you in the middle of your shield with my spear, however strong and self confident you may be, I should soon vanquish you, and you would yield your life to Hades of the noble steeds.
ild.16 When he had thus spoken his eyes were closed in death, his soul left his body and flitted down to the house of Hades, mourning its sad fate and bidding farewell to the youth and vigor of its manhood.
ild.20 Hades, king of the realms below, was struck with fear; he sprang panic stricken from his throne and cried aloud in terror lest Neptune, lord of the earthquake, should crack the ground over his head, and lay bare his mouldy mansions to the sight of mortals and immortals mansions so ghastly grim that even the Gods shudder to think of them.
ild.20 Aeneas would then have struck Achilles as he was springing towards him, either on the helmet, or on the shield that covered him, and Achilles would have closed with him and despatched him with his sword, had not Neptune lord of the earthquake been quick to mark, and said forthwith to the immortals, "Alas, I am sorry for great Aeneas, who will now go down to the house of Hades, vanquished by the son of Peleus.
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.21 He had spent Eleven days happily with his friends after he had come from Lemnos, but on the twelfth heaven again delivered him into the hands of Achilles, who was to send him to the house of Hades sorely against his will.
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 As he held the scales by the middle, the doom of Hector fell down deep into the house of Hades and then Phoebus Apollo left him.
ild.22 When he had thus said the shrouds of death enfolded him, whereon his soul went out of him and flew down to the house of Hades, lamenting its sad fate that it should en youth and strength no longer.
ild.22 But why argue with myself in this way, while Patroclus is still lying at the ships unburied, and unmourned he Whom I can never forget so long as I am alive and my strength fails not? Though men forget their dead when once they are within the house of Hades, yet not even there will I forget the comrade whom I have lost.
ild.22 Many a son of mine has he slain in the flower of his youth, and yet, grieve for these as I may, I do so for one Hector more than for them all, and the bitterness of my sorrow will bring me down to the house of Hades.
ild.22 You are now going into the house of Hades under the secret places of the earth, and you leave me a sorrowing widow in your house.
ild.23 "Fare well," he cried, Patroclus", even in the house of Hades.
ild.23 Bury me with all speed that I may pass the gates of Hades; the ghosts, vain shadows of men that can labour no more, drive me away from them; they will not yet suffer me to join those that are beyond the river, and I wander all desolate by the wide gates of the house of Hades.
ild.23 Give me now your hand I pray you, for when you have once given me my dues of fire, never shall I again come forth out of the house of Hades.
ild.23 Achilles sprang to his feet, smote his two hands, and made lamentation saying, "Of a truth even in the house of Hades there are ghosts and phantoms that have no life in them; all night long the sad spirit of Patroclus has hovered over head making piteous moan, telling me what I am to do for him, and looking wondrously like himself.
ild.23 Last came Achilles with his head bowed for sorrow, so noble a comrade was he taking to the house of Hades.
ild.23 "Fare well," he cried, Patroclus", even in the house of Hades; I am now doing all that I have promised you.
ild.23 We will lay the bones in a Golden urn, in two layers of fat, against the time when I shall myself go down into the house of Hades.
ild.24 As for me, let me go down within the house of Hades, ere mine eyes behold the sacking and wasting of the city.
ild.24 He cried aloud as he did so and called on the name of his dear comrade, "Be not angry with me, Patroclus," he said, "if you hear even in the house of Hades that I have given Hector to his father for a ransom.

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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