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


ild.02 Tlepolemus, son of Hercules, a man both brave and large of stature, brought Nine ships of lordly warriors from Rhodes.
ild.02 These were commanded by Tlepolemus, son of Hercules by Astyochea, whom he had carried off from Ephyra, on the river Selleis, after sacking many cities of valiant warriors.
ild.02 On this he built himself a fleet, gathered a great following, and fled beyond the sea, for he was menaced by the other sons and grandsons of Hercules.
ild.02 And those that held Nisyrus, Crapathus, and Casus, with Cos, the city of Eurypylus, and the Calydnian islands, these were commanded by Pheidippus and Antiphus, two sons of King Thessalus the son of Hercules.
ild.05 Presently the strong hand of fate impelled Tlepolemus, the son of Hercules, a man both brave and of great stature, to fight Sarpedon; so the two, son and grandson of great Jove, drew near to one another, and Tlepolemus spoke first.
ild.05 Far other was Hercules, my own brave and lion hearted father, who came here for the Horses of Laomedon, and though he had Six ships only, and few men to follow him, sacked the city of Ilius and made a wilderness of her highways.
ild.11 There were many to whom the Epeans owed chattels, for we men of Pylus were few and had been oppressed with wrong; in former years Hercules had come, and had laid his hand heavy upon us, so that all our best men had perished.
ild.14 I have had one lesson already through doing what you asked me, on the day when Jove s mighty son Hercules set sail from Ilius after having sacked the city of the Trojans.
ild.14 At your bidding I suffused my sweet self over the mind of aegis bearing Jove, and laid him to rest; meanwhile you hatched a plot against Hercules, and set the blasts of the angry winds beating upon the sea, till you took him to the goodly city of Cos away from all his friends.
ild.14 Then there was the daughter of Phoenix, who bore me Minos and Rhadamanthus: there was Semele, and Alcmena in Thebes by whom I begot my Lion hearted son Hercules, while Semele became mother to Bacchus the comforter of mankind.
ild.15 All the Gods in Olympus were in a fury, but they could not reach you to set you free; when I caught any one of them I gripped him and hurled him from the heavenly threshold till he came fainting down to earth; yet even this did not relieve my mind from the incessant anxiety which I felt about noble Hercules whom you and Boreas had spitefully conveyed beyond the seas to Cos, after suborning the tempests; but I rescued him, and notwithstanding all his mighty labours I brought him back again to Argos.
ild.15 Nevertheless Hector only killed Periphetes of Mycenae; he was son of Copreus who was wont to take the orders of King Eurystheus to mighty Hercules, but the son was a far better man than the father in every way; he was fleet of foot, a valiant warrior, and in understanding ranked among the foremost men of Mycenae.
ild.18 Even Hercules, the best beloved of Jove even he could not escape the hand of death, but fate and Juno s fierce anger laid him low, as I too shall lie when I am dead if a like doom awaits me.
ild.19 Time" was when she fooled Jove himself, who they say is greatest whether of Gods or men; for Juno, Woman though she was, beguiled him on the day when Alcmena was to bring forth mighty Hercules in the fair city of Thebes.
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.

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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