Created by Jijith Nadumuri at 22 Sep 2011 12:42 and updated at 22 Sep 2011 12:42


ild.02 All these were led by Idomeneus, and by Meriones, peer of murderous Mars.
ild.04 Passing through the crowd, he came presently on the Cretans, arming round Idomeneus, who was at their head, fierce as a wild boar, while Meriones was bringing up the battalions that were in the rear.
ild.05 Meriones then killed Phereclus the son of Tecton, who was the son of Hermon, a man whose hand was skilled in all manner of cunning workmanship, for Pallas Minerva had dearly loved him.
ild.05 Meriones overtook him as he was flying, and struck him on the right buttock.
ild.07 Next were the two Ajaxes, men clothed in valour as with a garment, and then Idomeneus, and Meriones his brother in arms.
ild.08 After him came Agamemnon and Menelaus, sons of Atreus, the two Ajaxes clothed in valour as with a garment, Idomeneus and his companion in arms Meriones, peer of murderous Mars, and Eurypylus the brave son of Euaemon.
ild.09 The sentinels went out in their armour under command of Nestor s son Thrasymedes, a captain of the host, and of the bold warriors Ascalaphus and Ialmenus: there were also Meriones, Aphareus and Deipyrus, and the son of Creion, noble Lycomedes.
ild.10 Meanwhile I will go to Nestor, and bid him rise and go about among the companies of our sentinels to give them their instructions; they will listen to him sooner than to any man, for his own son, and Meriones brother in arms to Idomeneus, are captains over them.
ild.10 Meriones and the brave son of Nestor went also, for the princes bade them.
ild.10 The two Ajaxes, servants of Mars, Meriones, and the son of Nestor all wanted to go, so did Menelaus son of Atreus; Ulysses also wished to go among the host of the Trojans, for he was ever full of daring, and thereon Agamemnon king of men spoke thus: "Diomed," said he, "son of Tydeus, man after my own heart, choose your comrade for yourself take the best man of those that have offered, for many would now go with you.
ild.10 Meriones found a bow and quiver for Ulysses, and on his head he set a leathern helmet that was lined with a strong plaiting of leathern thongs, while on the outside it was thickly studded with boar s teeth, well and skilfully set into it; next the head there was an inner lining of felt.
ild.10 He gave it to Amphidamas of Cythera to take to Scandea, and Amphidamas gave it as a guest gift to Molus, who gave it to his son Meriones; and now it was set upon the head of Ulysses.
ild.13 First he went up to Teucer and Leitus, the hero Peneleos, and Thoas and Deipyrus; Meriones also and Antilochus, valiant warriors; all did he exhort.
ild.13 Meriones took aim at him with a spear, nor did he fail to hit the broad orb of ox hide; but he was far from piercing it for the spear broke in two pieces long ere he could do so; moreover Deiphobus had seen it coming and had held his shield well away from him.
ild.13 Meriones drew back under cover of his comrades, angry alike at having failed to vanquish Deiphobus, and having broken his spear.
ild.13 Meriones his sturdy squire met him while he was still near his tent (for he was going to fetch his spear) and Idomeneus said
ild.13 Meriones", fleet son of Molus, best of comrades, why have you left the field? Are you wounded, and is the point of the weapon hurting you? or have you been sent to fetch me? I want no fetching; I had far rather fight than stay in my tent.
ild.13 Idomeneus"," answered Meriones, "I come for a spear, if I can find one in my tent; I have broken the one I had, in throwing it at the shield of Deiphobus.
ild.13 Then Meriones said, "I too in my tent and at my ship have spoils taken from the Trojans, but they are not at hand.
ild.13 On this Meriones, peer of Mars, went to the tent and got himself a spear of Bronze.
ild.13 As when baneful Mars sallies forth to battle, and his son Panic so strong and dauntless goes with him, to strike terror even into the heart of a hero the pair have gone from Thrace to arm themselves among the Ephyri or the brave Phlegyans, but they will not listen to both the contending hosts, and will give victory to one side or to the other even so did Meriones and Idomeneus, captains of men, go out to battle clad in their Bronze armour.
ild.13 Meriones was first to speak.
ild.13 Meriones, peer of fleet Mars, then led the way till they came to the part of the host which Idomeneus had named.
ild.13 He cried aloud to his comrades looking towards Ascalaphus, Aphareus, Deipyrus, Meriones, and Antilochus, all of them brave soldiers "Hither my friends," he cried, "and leave me not single handed I go in great fear by fleet Aeneas, who is coming against me, and is a redoubtable dispenser of death battle.
ild.13 Deiphobus tore the helmet from off his head, but Meriones sprang upon him, and struck him on the arm with a spear so that the visored helmet fell from his hand and came ringing down upon the ground.
ild.13 Thereon Meriones sprang upon him like a Vulture, drew the spear from his shoulder, and fell back under cover of his men.
ild.13 Adamas then sought shelter under cover of his men, but Meriones followed after and hit him with a spear midway between the private parts and the navel, where a wound is particualrly painful to wretched mortals.
ild.13 There did Meriones transfix him, and he writhed convulsively about the spear as some Bull whom mountain herdsmen have bound with ropes of withes and are taking away perforce.
ild.13 Even so did he move convulsively for a while, but not for very long, till Meriones came up and drew the spear out of his body, and his eyes were veiled in darkness.
ild.13 But Meriones aimed a Bronze tipped arrow at him as he was leaving the field, and hit him on the right buttock; the arrow pierced the bone through and through, and penetrated the bladder, so he sat down where he was and breathed his last in the arms of his comrades, stretched like a worm upon the ground and watering the earth with the blood that flowed from his wound.
ild.14 Antilochus killed Phalces and Mermerus, while Meriones slew Morys and Hippotion, Teucer also killed Prothoon and Periphetes.
ild.15 Those who were about Ajax and King Idomeneus, the followers moreover of Teucer, Meriones, and Meges peer of Mars called all their best men about them and sustained the fight against Hector and the Trojans, but the main body fell back upon the ships of the Achaeans.
ild.16 Meriones gave chase to Acamas on foot and caught him up just as he was about to mount his Chariot; he drove a spear through his right shoulder so that he fell headlong from the car, and his eyes were closed in darkness.
ild.16 Meriones then killed a helmed warrior of the Trojans, Laogonus son of Onetor, who was priest of Jove of Mt.
ild.16 Meriones struck him under the jaw and ear, so that life went out of him and the darkness of death laid hold upon him.
ild.16 Aeneas then aimed a spear at Meriones, hoping to hit him under the shield as he was advancing, but Meriones saw it coming and stooped forward to avoid it, whereon the spear flew past him and the point stuck in the ground, while the butt end went on quivering till Mars robbed it of its force.
ild.16 Aeneas was angry and said, Meriones", you are a good dancer, but if I had hit you my spear would soon have made an end of you.
ild.16 And Meriones answered, Aeneas", for all your bravery, you will not be able to make an end of every one who comes against you.
ild.16 On this the son of Menoetius rebuked him and said, Meriones", hero though you be, you should not speak thus; taunting speeches, my good friend, will not make the Trojans draw away from the dead body; some of them must go under ground first; blows for battle, and words for council; fight, therefore, and say nothing.
ild.17 Next came Idomeneus and Meriones his esquire, peer of murderous Mars.
ild.17 Hector then aimed at Idomeneus son of Deucalion as he was standing on his Chariot, and very narrowly missed him, but the spear hit Coiranus, a follower and Charioteer of Meriones who had come with him from Lyctus.
ild.17 Meriones gathered them up from the ground and took them into his own hands, then he said to Idomeneus, "Lay on, till you get back to the ships, for you must see that the day is no longer ours.
ild.17 He charged Meriones and the two Ajaxes straitly saying, Ajaxes" and Meriones, leaders of the Argives, now indeed remember how good Patroclus was; he was ever courteous while alive, bear it in mind now that he is dead.
ild.17 Ajax answered, Menelaus", you have said well: do you, then, and Meriones stoop down, raise the body, and bear it out of the fray, while we two behind you keep off Hector and the Trojans, one in heart as in name, and long used to fighting side by side with one another.
ild.17 On this Menelaus and Meriones took the dead man in their arms and lifted him high aloft with a great effort.
ild.19 When he had thus spoken he took with him the sons of Nestor, with Meges son of Phyleus, Thoas, Meriones, Lycomedes son of Creontes, and Melanippus, and went to the tent of Agamemnon son of Atreus.
ild.23 Then King Agamemnon sent men and Mules from all parts of the camp, to bring wood, and Meriones, squire to Idomeneus, was in charge over them.
ild.23 All who had been cutting Wood bore logs, for so Meriones squire to Idomeneus had bidden them, and they threw them down in a line upon the seashore at the place where Achilles would make a mighty monument for Patroclus and for himself.
ild.23 When Nestor had made an end of counselling his son he sat down in his place, and fifth in order Meriones got ready his Horses.
ild.23 Achilles shook the helmet, and the lot of Antilochus son of Nestor fell out first; next came that of King Eumelus, and after his, those of Menelaus son of Atreus and of Meriones.
ild.23 Idomeneus s brave squire Meriones was about a spear s cast behind Menelaus.
ild.23 Meriones, who had come in fourth, carried off the two talents of Gold, and the fifth prize, the two handled urn, being unawarded, Achilles gave it to Nestor, going up to him among the assembled Argives and saying, "Take this, my good old friend, as an heirloom and memorial of the funeral of Patroclus for you shall see him no more among the Argives.
ild.23 Then uprose King Teucer, and Meriones the stalwart squire of Idomeneus rose also, They cast lots in a Bronze helmet and the lot of Teucer fell first.
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.
ild.23 Meriones, therefore, took all Ten double edged axes, while Teucer bore off the single edged ones to his ships.
ild.23 Then the son of Peleus brought in a spear and a cauldron that had never been on the fire; it was worth an ox, and was chased with a pattern of flowers; and those that throw the javelin stood up to wit the son of Atreus, king of men Agamemnon, and Meriones, stalwart squire of Idomeneus.
ild.23 But Achilles spoke saying, Son" of Atreus, we know how far you excel all others both in power and in throwing the javelin; take the cauldron back with you to your ships, but if it so please you, let us give the spear to Meriones; this at least is what I should myself wish.
ild.23 So he gave the Bronze spear to Meriones, and handed the goodly cauldron to Talthybius his esquire.

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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