Created by Jijith Nadumuri at 22 Sep 2011 11:03 and updated at 22 Sep 2011 11:03


ild.03 Menelaus saw him thus stride out before the ranks, and was glad as a hungry Lion that lights on the carcase of some Goat or horned stag, and devours it there and then, though Dogs and youths set upon him.
ild.05 He was like a Lion that some mountain shepherd has wounded, but not killed, as he is springing over the wall of a Sheep yard to attack the Sheep.
ild.05 The shepherd has roused the brute to fury but cannot defend his flock, so he takes shelter under cover of the buildings, while the Sheep, panic stricken on being deserted, are smothered in heaps one on top of the other, and the angry Lion leaps out over the Sheep yard wall.
ild.05 He sprang upon them as a Lion fastens on the neck of some Cow or heifer when the herd is feeding in a coppice.
ild.05 He bestrode it as a Lion in the pride of strength, with shield and on spear before him and a cry of battle on his lips resolute to kill the first that should dare face him.
ild.05 I see not one of them here; they cower as hounds before a Lion; it is we, your allies, who bear the brunt of the battle.
ild.06 When he had received the wicked letter he first commanded Bellerophon to kill that savage monster, the Chimaera, who was not a human being, but a Goddess, for she had the head of a Lion and the tail of a Serpent, while her body was that of a Goat, and she breathed forth flames of fire; but Bellerophon slew her, for he was guided by signs from heaven.
ild.08 As a hound grips a wild boar or Lion in flank or buttock when he gives him chase, and watches warily for his wheeling, even so did Hector follow close upon the Achaeans, ever killing the hindmost as they rushed panic stricken onwards.
ild.10 He therefore rose, put on his shirt, bound his sandals about his comely feet, flung the skin of a huge tawny Lion over his shoulders a skin that reached his feet and took his spear in his hand.
ild.10 Diomed threw the skin of a great tawny Lion about his shoulders a skin that reached his feet and grasped his spear.
ild.10 As a Lion springs furiously upon a flock of Sheep or Goats when he finds without their shepherd, so did the son of Tydeus set upon the Thracian soldiers till he had killed Twelve.
ild.11 As a Lion fastens on the fawns of a hind and crushes them in his great jaws, robbing them of their tender life while he on his way back to his lair the hind can do nothing for them even though she be close by, for she is in an agony of fear, and flies through the thick forest, sweating, and at her utmost speed before the mighty monster so, no man of the Trojans could help Isus and Antiphus, for they were themselves flying panic before the Argives.
ild.11 The son of Atreus sprang upon them like a Lion, and the pair besought him from their Chariot.
ild.11 Meanwhile the Trojans kept on flying over the middle of the plain like a herd cows maddened with fright when a Lion has attacked them in the dead of night he springs on one of them, seizes her neck in the grip of his strong teeth and then laps up her blood and gorges himself upon her entrails even so did King Agamemnon son of Atreus pursue the foe, ever slaughtering the hindmost as they fled pell mell before him.
ild.11 When they were close up with one another, the son of Atreus missed his aim, and Iphidamas hit him on the girdle below the cuirass and then flung himself upon him, trusting to his strength of arm; the girdle, however, was not pierced, nor nearly so, for the point of the spear struck against the Silver and was turned aside as though it had been lead: King Agamemnon caught it from his hand, and drew it towards him with the fury of a Lion; he then drew his sword, and killed Iphidamas by striking him on the neck.
ild.11 With these words he put heart and soul into them all, and as a huntsman hounds his Dogs on against a Lion or wild boar, even so did Hector, peer of Mars, hound the proud Trojans on against the Achaeans.
ild.11 Thereon Paris with a hearty laugh sprang forward from his hiding place, and taunted him saying, "You are wounded my arrow has not been shot in vain; would that it had hit you in the belly and killed you, for thus the Trojans, who fear you as Goats fear a Lion, would have had a truce from evil.
ild.11 Then heaven sends a fierce Lion thither, whereon the jackals fly in terror and the Lion robs them of their prey even so did Trojans many and brave gather round crafty Ulysses, but the hero stood at bay and kept them off with his spear.
ild.11 As peasants with their hounds chase a Lion from their stockyard, and watch by night to prevent his carrying off the pick of their herd he makes his greedy spring, but in vain, for the darts from many a strong hand fall thick around him, with burning brands that scare him for all his fury, and when morning comes he slinks foiled and angry away even so did Ajax, sorely against his will, retreat angrily before the Trojans, fearing for the ships of the Achaeans.
ild.12 As a Lion or wild boar turns fiercely on the Dogs and men that attack him, while these form solid wall and shower their javelins as they face him his courage is all undaunted, but his high spirit will be the death of him; many a time does he charge at his pursuers to scatter them, and they fall back as often as he does so even so did Hector go about among the host exhorting his men, and cheering them on to cross the trench.
ild.12 Still the Trojans and brave Hector would not yet have broken down the gates and the great bar, had not Jove turned his son Sarpedon against the Argives as a Lion against a herd of horned Cattle.
ild.12 Before him he held his shield of hammered Bronze, that the smith had beaten so fair and round, and had lined with ox hides which he had made fast with rivets of Gold all round the shield; this he held in front of him, and brandishing his two spears came on like some Lion of the wilderness, who has been long famished for want of meat and will dare break even into a well fenced homestead to try and get at the Sheep.
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 As country peasants set their hounds on to a homed stag or wild Goat he has taken shelter under rock or thicket, and they cannot find him, but, lo, a bearded Lion whom their shouts have roused stands in their path, and they are in no further humour for the chase even so the Achaeans were still charging on in a body, using their swords and spears pointed at both ends, but when they saw Hector going about among his men they were afraid, and their hearts fell down into their feet.
ild.15 Or as a savage Lion attacking a herd of cows while they are feeding by thousands in the low lying meadows by some wide watered shore the herdsman is at his wit s end how to protect his herd and keeps going about now in the van and now in the rear of his Cattle, while the Lion springs into the thick of them and fastens on a Cow so that they all tremble for fear even so were the Achaeans utterly panic stricken by Hector and father Jove.
ild.16 As when a Lion springs with a bound upon a herd of Cattle and fastens on a great black Bull which dies bellowing in its clutches even so did the leader of the Lycian warriors struggle in death as he fell by the hand of Patroclus.
ild.16 As he spoke he flung himself on Cebriones with the spring, as it were, of a Lion that while attacking a stockyard is himself struck in the chest, and his courage is his own bane even so furiously, O Patroclus, did you then spring upon Cebriones.
ild.16 As when a Lion has fought some fierce wild boar and worsted him the two fight furiously upon the mountains over some little fountain at which they would both drink, and the Lion has beaten the boar till he can hardly breathe even so did Hector son of Priam take the life of the brave son of Menoetius who had killed so many, striking him from close at hand, and vaunting over him the while.
ild.17 The pard is not more bold, nor the Lion nor savage wild boar, which is fiercest and most dauntless of all creatures, than are the proud sons of Panthous.
ild.17 Or as some fierce Lion upon the mountains in the pride of his strength fastens on the finest heifer in a herd as it is feeding first he breaks her neck with his strong jaws, and then gorges on her blood and entrails; Dogs and shepherds raise a hue and cry against him, but they stand aloof and will not come close to him, for they are pale with fear even so no one had the courage to face valiant Menelaus.
ild.17 While he was thus in two minds, the Trojans came up to him with Hector at their head; he therefore drew back and left the body, turning about like some bearded Lion who is being chased by Dogs and men from a stockyard with spears and hue and cry, whereon he is daunted and slinks sulkily off even so did Menelaus son of Atreus turn and leave the body of Patroclus.
ild.17 But Ajax came up with his shield like wall before him, on which Hector withdrew under shelter of his men, and sprang on to his Chariot, giving the armour over to the Trojans to take to the city, as a great trophy for himself; Ajax, therefore, covered the body of Patroclus with his broad shield and bestrode him; as a Lion stands over his whelps if hunters have come upon him in a forest when he is with his little ones in the pride and fierceness of his strength he draws his knit brows down till they cover his eyes even so did Ajax bestride the body of Patroclus, and by his side stood Menelaus son of Atreus, nursing great sorrow in his heart.
ild.17 As he spoke he took the blood stained spoils and laid them upon his Chariot; then he mounted the car with his hands and feet all steeped in gore as a Lion that has been gorging upon a Bull.
ild.17 Menelaus heeded his words and went his way as a Lion from a stockyard the Lion is tired of attacking the men and hounds, who keep watch the whole night through and will not let him feast on the fat of their herd.
ild.18 As upland shepherds that cannot chase some famished Lion from a carcase, even so could not the two Ajaxes scare Hector son of Priam from the body of Patroclus.
ild.18 He laid his murderous hands upon the breast of his comrade, groaning again and again as a bearded Lion when a man who was chasing Deer has robbed him of his young in some dense forest; when the Lion comes back he is furious, and searches dingle and dell to track the hunter if he can find him, for he is mad with rage even so with many a sigh did Achilles speak among the Myrmidons saying, "Alas! vain were the words with which I cheered the hero Menoetius in his own house; I said that I would bring his brave son back again to Opoeis after he had sacked Ilius and taken his share of the spoils but Jove does not give all men their heart s desire.
ild.20 The son of Peleus from the other side sprang forth to meet him, fike some fierce Lion that the whole country side has met to hunt and kill at first he bodes no ill, but when some daring youth has struck him with a spear, he crouches openmouthed, his jaws foam, he roars with fury, he lashes his tail from side to side about his ribs and loins, and glares as he springs straight before him, to find out whether he is to slay, or be slain among the foremost of his foes even with such fury did Achilles burn to spring upon Aeneas.
ild.21 Jove made you as a Lion among Women, and lets you kill them whenever you choose.
ild.24 Did not Hector burn you thigh bones of heifers and of unblemished Goats? And now dare you not rescue even his dead body, for his wife to look upon, with his mother and child, his father Priam, and his people, who would forthwith commit him to the flames, and give him his due funeral rites? So, then, you would all be on the side of mad Achilles, who knows neither right nor ruth? He is like some savage Lion that in the pride of his great strength and daring springs upon men s flocks and gorges on them.
ild.24 Then the son of Peleus sprang like a Lion through the door of his house, not alone, but with him went his two squires Automedon and Alcimus who were closer to him than any others of his comrades now that Patroclus was no more.

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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