Created by Jijith Nadumuri at 21 Sep 2011 15:17 and updated at 21 Sep 2011 15:17


ild.02 Who, then, O Muse, was the foremost, whether man or Horse, among those that followed after the sons of Atreus?
ild.02 The men flew to arms; all the gates were opened, and the people thronged through them, Horse and foot, with the tramp as of a great multitude.
ild.03 When I was in Phrygia I saw much Horse men, the people of Otreus and of Mygdon, who were camping upon the banks of the river Sangarius; I was their ally, and with them when the Amazons, peers of men, came up against them, but even they were not so many as the Achaeans.
ild.03 On his comely head he set his helmet, well wrought, with a crest of Horse hair that nodded menacingly above it, and he grasped a redoubtable spear that suited his hands.
ild.03 With this he flew at Alexandrus, caught him by the Horse hair plume of his helmet, and began dragging him towards the Achaeans.
ild.04 As when some Woman of Meonia or Caria strains purple dye on to a piece of ivory that is to be the cheek piece of a Horse, and is to be laid up in a treasure house many a knight is fain to bear it, but the king keeps it as an ornament of which both Horse and driver may be proud even so, O Menelaus, were your shapely thighs and your legs down to your fair ancles stained with blood.
ild.05 Moreover I have neither Horse nor Chariot.
ild.06 He stretched his arms towards his child, but the boy cried and nestled in his nurse s bosom, scared at the sight of his father s armour, and at the Horse hair plume that nodded fiercely from his helmet.
ild.06 As a Horse, stabled and fed, breaks loose and gallops gloriously over the plain to the place where he is wont to bathe in the fair flowing river he holds his head high, and his mane streams upon his shoulders as he exults in his strength and flies like the wind to the haunts and feeding ground of the mares even so went forth Paris from high Pergamus, gleaming like sunlight in his armour, and he laughed aloud as he sped swiftly on his way.
ild.07 Close outside we will dig a deep trench all round it to keep off both Horse and foot, that the Trojan chieftains may not bear hard upon us.
ild.08 All the gates were flung wide open, and Horse and foot sallied forth with the tramp as of a great multitude.
ild.08 The Horse bounded in his anguish as the arrow pierced his brain, and his struggles threw others into confusion.
ild.11 On his head Agamemnon set a helmet, with a peak before and behind, and four plumes of Horse hair that nodded menacingly above it; then he grasped two redoubtable Bronze shod spears, and the gleam of his armour shot from him as a flame into the firmament, while Juno and Minerva thundered in honour of the king of rich Mycene.
ild.11 Ajax son of Telamon is driving them before him; I know him by the breadth of his shield: let us turn our Chariot and Horses thither, where Horse and foot are fighting most desperately, and where the cry of battle is loudest.
ild.12 They could neither jump it nor cross it, for it had overhanging banks all round upon either side, above which there were the sharp stakes that the sons of the Achaeans had planted so close and strong as a defence against all who would assail it; a Horse, therefore, could not get into it and draw his Chariot after him, but those who were on foot kept trying their very utmost.
ild.13 NOW when Jove had thus brought Hector and the Trojans to the ships, he left them to their never ending toil, and turned his keen eyes away, looking elsewhither towards the Horse breeders of Thrace, the Mysians, fighters at close quarters, the noble Hippemolgi, who live on milk, and the Abians, justest of mankind.
ild.13 The Horse hair crests on their gleaming helmets touched one another as they nodded forward, so closely seffied were they; the spears they brandished in their strong hands were interlaced, and their hearts were set on battle.
ild.13 It was here that the ships of Ajax and Protesilaus were drawn up by the sea shore; here the wall was at its lowest, and the fight both of man and Horse raged most fiercely.
ild.13 They had no Bronze helmets with plumes of Horse hair, neither had they shields nor ashen spears, but they had come to Troy armed with bows, and with slings of twisted wool from which they showered their missiles to break the ranks of the Trojans.
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.15 He hung a shield four hides thick about his shoulders, and on his comely head he set his helmet well wrought with a crest of Horse hair that nodded menacingly above it; he grasped his redoubtable Bronze shod spear, and forthwith he was by the side of Ajax.
ild.15 Then Meges struck the topmost crest of Dolops s Bronze helmet with his spear and tore away its plume of Horse hair, so that all newly dyed with scarlet as it was it tumbled down into the dust.
ild.15 As a man skilled in feats of Horsemanship couples four Horses together and comes tearing full speed along the public way from the country into some large town many both men and Women marvel as they see him for he keeps all the time changing his Horse, springing from one to another without ever missing his feet while the Horses are at a gallop even so did Ajax go striding from one ship s deck to another, and his voice went up into the heavens.
ild.16 On his comely head he set his helmet, well wrought, with a crest of Horse hair that nodded menacingly above it.
ild.16 In the side traces he set the noble Horse Pedasus, whom Achilles had brought away with him when he sacked the city of Eetion, and who, mortal steed though he was, could take his place along with those that were immortal.
ild.16 Shield pressed on shield, helm on helm, and man on man; so close were they that the Horse hair plumes on the gleaming ridges of their helmets touched each other as they bent their heads.
ild.16 Sarpedon then aimed a spear at Patroclus and missed him, but he struck the Horse Pedasus in the right shoulder, and it screamed aloud as it lay, groaning in the dust until the life went out of it.
ild.16 The other two Horses began to plunge; the pole of the Chariot cracked and they got entangled in the reins through the fall of the Horse that was yoked along with them; but Automedon knew what to do; without the loss of a moment he drew the keen blade that hung by his sturdy thigh and cut the third Horse adrift; whereon the other two righted themselves, and pulling hard at the reins again went together into battle.
ild.16 Phoebus Apollo beat the helmet from off his head, and it rolled rattling off under the Horses feet, where its Horse hair plumes were all begrimed with dust and blood.
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.22 On this, with fell intent he made towards the city, and as the winning Horse in a Chariot race strains every nerve when he is flying over the plain, even so fast and furiously did the limbs of Achilles bear him onwards.
ild.23 But Achilles would not let the Myrmidons go, and spoke to his brave comrades saying, Myrmidons", famed Horsemen and my own trusted friends, not yet, forsooth, let us unyoke, but with Horse and Chariot draw near to the body and mourn Patroclus, in due honour to the dead.
ild.23 Next to him, yellow haired Menelaus son of Atreus rose and yoked his fleet Horses, Agamemnon s mare Aethe, and his own Horse Podargus.
ild.23 It may have been a monument to some one long since dead, or it may have been used as a doubling post in days gone by; now, however, it has been fixed on by Achilles as the mark round which the Chariots shall turn; hug it as close as you can, but as you stand in your Chariot lean over a little to the left; urge on your right hand Horse with voice and lash, and give him a loose rein, but let the left hand Horse keep so close in, that the nave of your wheel shall almost graze the post; but mind the stone, or you will wound your Horses and break your Chariot in pieces, which would be sport for others but confusion for yourself.
ild.23 Therefore, my dear son, mind well what you are about, for if you can be first to round the post there is no chance of any one giving you the goby later, not even though you had Adrestus s Horse Arion behind you Horse which is of divine race or those of Laomedon, which are the noblest in this country.
ild.23 The driver was a long way off, but Idomeneus could hear him shouting, and could see the foremost Horse quite plainly a chestnut with a round white star, like the moon, on its forehead.
ild.23 Next after him came in Antilochus of the race of Neleus, who had passed Menelaus by a trick and not by the fleetness of his Horses; but even so Menelaus came in as close behind him as the wheel is to the Horse that draws both the Chariot and its master.
ild.23 The end hairs of a Horse s tail touch the tyre of the wheel, and there is never much space between wheel and Horse when the Chariot is going; Menelaus was no further than this behind Antilochus, though at first he had been a full disc s throw behind him.

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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