Created by Jijith Nadumuri at 21 Sep 2011 15:11 and updated at 21 Sep 2011 15:11


ild.01 Let us ask some priest or prophet, or some reader of dreams (for dreams, too, are of Jove) who can tell us why Phoebus Apollo is so angry, and say whether it is for some vow that we have broken, or Hecatomb that we have not offered, and whether he will accept the savour of lambs and Goats without blemish, so as to take away the plague from us.
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 He will not deliver the Danaans from this pestilence till Agamemnon has restored the girl without fee or ransom to her father, and has sent a holy Hecatomb to Chryse.
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 Meanwhile Ulysses reached Chryse with the Hecatomb.
ild.01 They then got out upon the sea shore and landed the Hecatomb for Apollo; Chryseis also left the ship, and Ulysses led her to the altar to deliver her into the hands of her father.
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.04 Take your home aim then, and pray to Lycian Apollo, the famous archer; vow that when you get home to your strong city of Zelea you will offer a Hecatomb of firstling lambs in his honour.
ild.04 He laid the arrow on the string and prayed to Lycian Apollo, the famous archer, vowing that when he got home to his strong city of Zelea he would offer a Hecatomb of firstling lambs in his honour.
ild.23 He looked all sorrowfully out upon the dark sea, and said, Spercheius", in vain did my father Peleus vow to you that when I returned home to my loved native land I should cut off this lock and offer you a holy Hecatomb; Fifty she Goats was I to sacrifice to you there at your springs, where is your grove and your altar fragrant with burnt offerings.
ild.23 Meriones, who had his arrow ready while Teucer was aiming, snatched the bow out of his hand, and at once promised that he would sacrifice a Hecatomb of firstling lambs to Apollo lord of the bow; then espying the Pigeon high up under the clouds, he hit her in the middle of the wing as she was circling upwards; the arrow went clean through the wing and fixed itself in the ground at Meriones feet, but the bird perched on the ship s mast hanging her head and with all her feathers drooping; the life went out of her, and she fell heavily from the mast.

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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