Created by Jijith Nadumuri at 22 Sep 2011 10:51 and updated at 22 Sep 2011 10:51


ild.01 For Nine whole days he shot his arrows among the people, but upon the tenth day Achilles called them in assembly moved thereto by Juno, who saw the Achaeans in their death throes and had compassion upon them.
ild.01 While he was thus in two minds, and was drawing his mighty sword from its scabbard, Minerva came down from heaven (for Juno had sent her in the love she bore to them both), and seized the son of Peleus by his yellow hair, visible to him alone, for of the others no man could see her.
ild.01 Juno has sent me, who cares for both of you alike.
ild.01 Ofttimes in my father s house have I heard you glory in that you alone of the immortals saved the son of Saturn from ruin, when the others, with Juno, Neptune, and Pallas Minerva would have put him in bonds.
ild.01 At this Jove was much troubled and answered, "I shall have trouble if you set me quarrelling with Juno, for she will provoke me with her taunting speeches; even now she is always railing at me before the other Gods and accusing me of giving aid to the Trojans.
ild.01 But Juno, when she saw him, knew that he and the old Merman s daughter, Silver footed Thetis, had been hatching mischief, so she at once began to upbraid him.
ild.01 Juno"," replied the sire of Gods and men, "you must not expect to be informed of all my counsels.
ild.01 Dread" son of Saturn," answered Juno, "what are you talking about? I? Pry and ask questions? Never.
ild.01 On this Juno was frightened, so she curbed her stubborn will and sat down in silence.
ild.01 But the heavenly beings were disquieted throughout the house of Jove, till the cunning workman Vulcan began to try and pacify his mother Juno.
ild.01 Juno smiled at this, and as she smiled she took the cup from her son s hands.
ild.01 So Jove, the Olympian Lord of Thunder, hied him to the bed in which he always slept; and when he had got on to it he went to sleep, with Juno of the Golden throne by his side.
ild.02 There are no longer divided counsels among the Gods; Juno has brought them to her own mind, and woe betides the Trojans.
ild.02 There are no longer divided counsels among the Gods; Juno has brought them over to her own mind, and woe betides the Trojans at the hands of Jove.
ild.02 There are no longer divided counsels among the Gods; Juno has brought them over to her own mind, and woe betides the Trojans at the hands of Jove.
ild.02 But Juno said to Minerva, "Alas, daughter of aegis bearing Jove, unweariable, shall the Argives fly home to their own land over the broad sea, and leave Priam and the Trojans the glory of still keeping Helen, for whose sake so many of the Achaeans have died at Troy, far from their homes? Go about at once among the host, and speak fairly to them, man by man, that they draw not their ships into the sea.
ild.04 The son of Saturn then began to tease Juno, talking at her so as to provoke her.
ild.04 Menelaus"," said he, "has two good friends among the Goddesses, Juno of Argos, and Minerva of Alalcomene, but they only sit still and look on, while Venus keeps ever by Alexandrus side to defend him in any danger; indeed she has just rescued him when he made sure that it was all over with him for the victory really did lie with Menelaus.
ild.04 Minerva and Juno muttered their discontent as they sat side by side hatching mischief for the Trojans.
ild.04 Minerva scowled at her father, for she was in a furious passion with him, and said nothing, but Juno could not contain herself.
ild.04 "My own three favourite cities," answered Juno, "are Argos, Sparta, and Mycenae.
ild.05 Juno, again, suffered when the mighty son of Amphitryon wounded her on the right breast with a three barbed arrow, and nothing could assuage her pain.
ild.05 But Minerva and Juno, who were looking on, began to taunt Jove with their mocking talk, and Minerva was first to speak.
ild.05 Now when the Goddess Juno saw the Argives thus falling, she said to Minerva, "Alas, daughter of aegis bearing Jove, unweariable, the promise we made Menelaus that he should not return till he had sacked the city of Ilius will be of none effect if we let Mars rage thus furiously.
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 Juno lashed the Horses on, and the gates of heaven bellowed as they flew open of their own accord gates over which the flours preside, in whose hands are Heaven and Olympus, either to open the dense cloud that hides them, or to close it.
ild.05 There Juno stayed her Horses, and spoke to Jove the son of Saturn, lord of all.
ild.05 Juno did as he had said.
ild.05 When they reached Troy and the place where its two flowing streams Simois and Scamander meet, there Juno stayed them and took them from the Chariot.
ild.05 When they came to the part where the bravest and most in number were gathered about mighty Diomed, fighting like Lions or wild boars of great strength and endurance, there Juno stood still and raised a shout like that of brazen voiced Stentor, whose cry was as loud as that of Fifty men together.
ild.05 But now he was holding talk with Juno and myself, saying he would help the Argives and attack the Trojans; nevertheless he is with the Trojans, and has forgotten the Argives.
ild.05 You have the intolerable and stubborn spirit of your mother Juno: it is all I can do to manage her, and it is her doing that you are now in this plight: still, I cannot let you remain longer in such great pain; you are my own off spring, and it was by me that your mother conceived you; if, however, you had been the son of any other God, you are so destructive that by this time you should have been lying lower than the Titans.
ild.05 But Juno of Argos and Minerva of Alalcomene, now that they had put a stop to the murderous doings of Mars, went back again to the house of Jove.
ild.07 Let Jove the mighty husband of Juno be witness to this covenant.
ild.08 Thus did he vaunt, but Queen Juno made high Olympus quake as she shook with rage upon her throne.
ild.08 King Neptune was greatly troubled and answered, Juno", rash of tongue, what are you talking about? We other gods must not set ourselves against Jove, for he is far stronger than we are.
ild.08 He would even have set fire to the ships and burned them, had not Queen Juno put it into the mind of Agamemnon, to bestir himself and to encourage the Achaeans.
ild.08 Juno when she saw them had pity upon them, and at once said to Minerva, "Alas, child of aegis bearing Jove, shall you and I take no more thought for the dying Danaans, though it be the last time we ever do so? See how they perish and come to a bad end before the onset of but a single man.
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 Juno lashed her Horses, and the gates of heaven bellowed as they flew open of their own accord gates over which the Hours preside, in whose hands are heaven and Olympus, either to open the dense cloud that hides them or to close it.
ild.08 I am less surprised and angry with Juno, for whatever I say she always contradicts me.
ild.08 He is less hurt and angry with Juno, for whatever he says she always contradicts him but you, bold bold hussy, will you really dare to raise your huge spear in defiance of Jove?"
ild.08 With this she left them, and Juno said to Minerva, "Of a truth, child of aegis bearing Jove, I am not for fighting men s battles further in defiance of Jove.
ild.08 Minerva and Juno sat alone, apart from Jove, and neither spoke nor asked him questions, but Jove knew what they meant, and said, Minerva" and Juno, why are you so angry? Are you fatigued with killing so many of your dear friends the Trojans? Be this as it may, such is the might of my hands that all the Gods in Olympus cannot turn me; you were both of you trembling all over ere ever you saw the fight and its terrible doings.
ild.08 Minerva and Juno groaned in spirit as they sat side by side and brooded mischief for the Trojans.
ild.08 Minerva sat silent without a word, for she was in a furious passion and bitterly incensed against her father; but Juno could not contain herself and said, "What, dread son of Saturn, are you talking about? We know how great your power is, nevertheless we have compassion upon the Danaan warriors who are perishing and coming to a bad end.
ild.08 And Jove answered, "To morrow morning, Juno, if you choose to do so, you will see the son of Saturn destroying large numbers of the Argives, for fierce Hector shall not cease fighting till he has roused the son of Peleus when they are fighting in dire straits at their ships sterns about the body of Patroclus.
ild.08 Juno made him no answer.
ild.09 "My good friend, when your father Peleus sent you from Phthia to Agamemnon, did he not charge you saying, Son, Minerva and Juno will make you strong if they choose, but check your high temper, for the better part is in goodwill.
ild.10 As when fair Juno s lord flashes his lightning in token of great rain or hail or snow when the snow flakes whiten the ground, or again as a sign that he will open the wide jaws of hungry war, even so did Agamemnon heave many a heavy sigh, for his soul trembled within him.
ild.10 When he had done speaking Hector held up his sceptre, and swore him his oath saying, "May Jove the thundering husband of Juno bear witness that no other Trojan but yourself shall mount those steeds, and that you shall have your will with them for ever.
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 As the sharp pangs which the Eilithuiae, Goddesses of childbirth, daughters of Juno and dispensers of cruel pain, send upon a Woman when she is in labour even so sharp were the pangs of the son of Atreus.
ild.13 The Trojans advanced in a dense body, with Hector at their head pressing right on as a rock that comes thundering down the side of some mountain from whose brow the winter torrents have torn it; the foundations of the dull thing have been loosened by floods of rain, and as it bounds headlong on its way it sets the whole forest in an uproar; it swerves neither to right nor left till it reaches level ground, but then for all its fury it can go no further even so easily did Hector for a while seem as though he would career through the tents and ships of the Achaeans till he had reached the sea in his murderous course; but the closely serried battalions stayed him when he reached them, for the sons of the Achaeans thrust at him with swords and spears pointed at both ends, and drove him from them so that he staggered and gave ground; thereon he shouted to the Trojans, Trojans", Lycians, and Dardanians, fighters in close combat, stand firm: the Achaeans have set themselves as a wall against me, but they will not check me for long; they will give ground before me if the mightiest of the Gods, the thundering spouse of Juno, has indeed inspired my onset.
ild.13 But Hector answered, Ajax", braggart and false of tongue, would that I were as sure of being son for evermore to Aegis bearing Jove, with Queen Juno for my mother, and of being held in like honour with Minerva and Apollo, as I am that this day is big with the destruction of the Achaeans; and you shall fall among them if you dare abide my spear; it shall rend your fair body and bid you glut our hounds and birds of prey with your fat and your flesh, as you fall by the ships of the Achaeans.
ild.14 Juno of the Golden throne looked down as she stood upon a peak of Olympus and her heart was gladdened at the sight of him who was at once her brother and her brother in law, hurrying hither and thither amid the fighting.
ild.14 Jove s daughter Venus answered, Juno", august queen of Goddesses, daughter of mighty Saturn, say what you want, and I will do it for at once, if I can, and if it can be done at all.
ild.14 Then Juno told her a lying tale and said, "I want you to endow me with some of those fascinating charms, the spells of which bring all things mortal and immortal to your feet.
ild.14 She gave the girdle to Juno and said, "Take this girdle wherein all my charms reside and lay it in your bosom.
ild.14 When she heard this Juno smiled, and still smiling she laid the girdle in her bosom.
ild.14 Venus now went back into the house of Jove, while Juno darted down from the summits of Olympus.
ild.14 Then Sleep answered, Juno", great queen of Goddesses, daughter of mighty Saturn, I would lull any other of the gods to sleep without compunction, not even excepting the waters of Oceanus from whom all of them proceed, but I dare not go near Jove, nor send him to sleep unless he bids me.
ild.14 And Juno said, "Sleep, why do you take such notions as those into your head? Do you think Jove will be as anxious to help the Trojans, as he was about his own son? Come, I will marry you to one of the youngest of the Graces, and she shall be your own Pasithea, whom you have always wanted to marry.
ild.14 Juno did as he had said.
ild.14 Juno then went to Gargarus, the topmost peak of Ida, and Jove, driver of the clouds, set eyes upon her.
ild.14 Then Juno told him a lying tale and said, "I am going to the world s end, to visit Oceanus, from whom all we gods proceed, and mother Tethys; they received me into their house, took care of me, and brought me up.
ild.14 And Jove said, Juno", you can choose some other time for paying your visit to Oceanus for the present let us devote ourselves to love and to the enjoyment of one another.
ild.14 Juno again answered him with a lying tale.
ild.14 And Jove answered, Juno", you need not be afraid that either God or man will see you, for I will enshroud both of us in such a dense Golden cloud, that the very sun for all his bright piercing beams shall not see through it.
ild.14 I have sent him into a sweet slumber, and Juno has beguiled him into going to bed with her.
ild.15 Jove now woke on the crests of Ida, where he was lying with Golden throned Juno by his side, and starting to his feet he saw the Trojans and Achaeans, the one thrown into confusion, and the others driving them pell mell before them with King Neptune in their midst.
ild.15 The sire of Gods and men had pity on him, and looked fiercely on Juno.
ild.15 "I see, Juno," said he, "you mischief making trickster, that your cunning has stayed Hector from fighting and has caused the rout of his host.
ild.15 Juno trembled as he spoke, and said, "May heaven above and earth below be my witnesses, with the waters of the river Styx and this is the most solemn oath that a blessed God can take nay, I swear also by your own almighty head and by our bridal bed things over which I could never possibly perjure myself that Neptune is not punishing Hector and the Trojans and helping the Achaeans through any doing of mine; it is all of his own mere motion because he was sorry to see the Achaeans hard pressed at their ships: if I were advising him, I should tell him to do as you bid him.
ild.15 The sire of Gods and men smiled and answered, "If you, Juno, were always to support me when we sit in council of the Gods, Neptune, like it or no, would soon come round to your and my way of thinking.
ild.15 Juno heeded his words and went from the heights of Ida to great Olympus.
ild.15 Swift as the thought of one whose fancy carries him over vast continents, and he says to himself, "Now I will be here, or there," and he would have all manner of things even so swiftly did Juno wing her way till she came to high Olympus and went in among the Gods who were gathered in the house of Jove.
ild.15 Juno"," said she, "why are you here? And you seem troubled has your husband the son of Saturn been frightening you?"
ild.15 And Juno answered, Themis", do not ask me about it.
ild.15 On this Juno sat down, and the Gods were troubled throughout the house of Jove.
ild.15 She tore the helmet from his head and the shield from his shoulders, and she took the Bronze spear from his strong hand and set it on one side; then she said to Mars, Madman", you are undone; you have ears that hear not, or you have lost all judgement and understanding; have you not heard what Juno has said on coming straight from the presence of Olympian Jove? Do you wish to go through all kinds of suffering before you are brought back sick and sorry to Olympus, after having caused infinite mischief to all us others? Jove would instantly leave the Trojans and Achaeans to themselves; he would come to Olympus to punish us, and would grip us up one after another, guilty or not guilty.
ild.15 Meanwhile Juno called Apollo outside, with Iris the messenger of the Gods.
ild.15 Thereon Juno left them and resumed her seat inside, while Iris and Apollo made all haste on their way.
ild.15 Now, however, I will give way in spite of my displeasure; furthermore let me tell you, and I mean what I say if contrary to the desire of myself, Minerva driver of the spoil, Juno, Mercury, and King Vulcan, Jove spares steep Ilius, and will not let the Achaeans have the great triumph of sacking it, let him understand that he will incur our implacable resentment.
ild.16 Though Juno s thundering husband should put triumph within your reach, do not fight the Trojans further in my absence, or you will rob me of glory that should be mine.
ild.16 The son of scheming Saturn looked down upon them in pity and said to Juno who was his wife and sister, "Alas, that it should be the lot of Sarpedon whom I love so dearly to perish by the hand of Patroclus.
ild.16 And Juno answered, "Most dread son of Saturn, what is this that you are saying? Would you snatch a mortal man, whose doom has long been fated, out of the jaws of death? Do as you will, but we shall not all of us be of your mind.
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.18 She came secretly without the knowledge of Jove and of the other Gods, for Juno sent her, and when she had got close to him she said, "Up, son of Peleus, mightiest of all mankind; rescue Patroclus about whom this fearful fight is now raging by the ships.
ild.18 Iris answered, "It was Juno the royal spouse of Jove, but the son of Saturn does not know of my coming, nor yet does any other of the immortals who dwell on the snowy summits of Olympus.
ild.18 Then Juno sent the busy sun, loth though he was, into the waters of Oceanus; so he set, and the Achaeans had rest from the tug and turmoil of war.
ild.18 Then Jove said to Juno his sister wife, "So, Queen Juno, you have gained your end, and have roused fleet Achilles.
ild.18 And Juno answered, Dread" son of Saturn, why should you say this thing? May not a man though he be only mortal and knows less than we do, do what he can for another person? And shall not I foremost of all Goddesses both by descent and as wife to you who reign in heaven devise evil for the Trojans if I am angry with them?"
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.19 Then said Juno all crafty and full of guile, You will play false, and will not hold to your word.
ild.19 For Juno darted down from the high summit of Olympus, and went in haste to Achaean Argos where she knew that the noble wife of Sthenelus son of Perseus then was.
ild.19 She being with child and in her Seventh month, Juno brought the child to birth though there was a month still wanting, but she stayed the offspring of Alcmena, and kept back the Ilithuiae.
ild.19 Then fleet Xanthus answered under the yoke for white armed Juno had endowed him with human speech and he bowed his head till his mane touched the ground as it hung down from under the yoke band.
ild.20 Juno, Pallas Minerva, earth encircling Neptune, Mercury bringer of good luck and excellent in all cunning all these joined the host that came from the ships; with them also came Vulcan in all his glory, limping, but yet with his thin legs plying lustily under him.
ild.20 Apollo with his arrows took his stand to face King Neptune, while Minerva took hers against the God of war; the archer goddess Diana with her Golden arrows, sister of far darting Apollo, stood to face Juno; Mercury the lusty bringer of good luck faced Leto, while the mighty eddying river whom men can Scamander, but Gods Xanthus, matched himself against Vulcan.
ild.20 Nor did the son of Anchises escape the notice of white armed Juno, as he went forth into the throng to meet Achilles.
ild.20 Neptune lord of the earthquake answered her saying, Juno", restrain your fury; it is not well; I am not in favour of forcing the other Gods to fight us, for the advantage is too greatly on our own side; let us take our places on some hill out of the beaten track, and let mortals fight it out among themselves.
ild.20 Then answered Juno, Earth" shaker, look to this matter yourself, and consider concerning Aeneas, whether you will save him, or suffer him, brave though he be, to fall by the hand of Achilles son of Peleus.
ild.21 NOW when they came to the ford of the full flowing river Xanthus, begotten of immortal Jove, Achilles cut their forces in two: one half he chased over the plain towards the city by the same way that the Achaeans had taken when flying panic stricken on the preceding day with Hector in full triumph; this way did they fly pell mell, and Juno sent down a thick mist in front of them to stay them.
ild.21 The dark waters of the river stood upright and would have overwhelmed the son of Peleus, but Juno, trembling lest Achilles should be swept away in the mighty torrent, lifted her voice on high and called out to Vulcan her son.
ild.21 Then he prayed to Juno and besought her saying, Juno", why should your son vex my stream with such especial fury? I am not so much to blame as all the others are who have been helping the Trojans.
ild.21 As soon as Juno heard this she said to her son Vulcan, Son" Vulcan, hold now your flames; we ought not to use such violence against a God for the sake of mortals.
ild.21 Xanthus was now beaten, so these two left off fighting, for Juno stayed them though she was still angry; but a furious quarrel broke out among the other Gods, for they were of divided counsels.
ild.21 When Queen Juno saw her, she said to Minerva, "Look, daughter of aegis bearing Jove, unweariable, that vixen Venus is again taking Mars through the crowd out of the battle; go after her at once.
ild.21 Juno smiled as she listened.
ild.21 Her swift arrows were shed upon the ground, and she fled weeping from under Juno s hand as a dove that flies before a falcon to the cleft of some hollow rock, when it is her good fortune to escape.
ild.21 The son of Saturn drew her towards him, and laughing pleasantly the while began to question her saying, "Which of the heavenly beings, my dear child, has been treating you in this cruel manner, as though you had been misconducting yourself in the face of everybody?" and the fair crowned Goddess of the chase answered, "It was your wife Juno, father, who has been beating me; it is always her doing when there is any quarrelling among the immortals.
ild.24 All were of this mind save only Juno, Neptune, and Jove s grey eyed daughter, who persisted in the hate which they had ever borne towards Ilius with Priam and his people; for they forgave not the wrong done them by Alexandrus in disdaining the Goddesses who came to him when he was in his Sheepyards, and preferring her who had offered him a wanton to his ruin.
ild.24 Juno spoke up in a rage.
ild.24 Then said Jove, Juno", be not so bitter.
ild.24 Juno then placed a fair Golden cup in her hand, and spoke to her in words of comfort, whereon Thetis drank and gave her back the cup; and the sire of Gods and men was the first to speak.

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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