Created by Jijith Nadumuri at 23 Sep 2011 08:04 and updated at 23 Sep 2011 08:04


ild.01 Sons" of Atreus," he cried, "and all other Achaeans, may the Gods who dwell in Olympus grant you to sack the city of Priam, and to reach your homes in safety; but free my daughter, and accept a ransom for her, in reverence to Apollo, son of Jove.
ild.01 He came down furious from the summits of Olympus, with his bow and his quiver upon his shoulder, and the arrows rattled on his back with the rage that trembled within him.
ild.01 Then she went back to Olympus among the other Gods, and to the house of aegis bearing Jove.
ild.01 He raised his hands in prayer to his immortal mother, Mother"," he cried, "you bore me doomed to live but for a little season; surely Jove, who thunders from Olympus, might have made that little glorious.
ild.01 Go to Olympus, and if you have ever done him service in word or deed, implore the aid of Jove.
ild.01 It was you, Goddess, who delivered him by calling to Olympus the hundred handed monster whom Gods call Briareus, but men Aegaeon, for he is stronger even than his father; when therefore he took his seat all glorious beside the son of Saturn, the other Gods were afraid, and did not bind him.
ild.01 Would indeed that you had lived your span free from all sorrow at your ships, for it is all too brief; alas, that you should be at once short of life and long of sorrow above your peers: woe, therefore, was the hour in which I bore you; nevertheless I will go to the snowy heights of Olympus, and tell this tale to Jove, if he will hear our prayer: meanwhile stay where you are with your ships, nurse your anger against the Achaeans, and hold aloof from fight.
ild.01 He will return to Olympus Twelve days hence; I will then go to his mansion paved with Bronze and will beseech him; nor do I doubt that I shall be able to persuade him.
ild.01 Now after Twelve days the immortal Gods came back in a body to Olympus, and Jove led the way.
ild.01 Thetis was not unmindful of the charge her son had laid upon her, so she rose from under the sea and went through great heaven with early morning to Olympus, where she found the mighty son of Saturn sitting all alone upon its topmost ridges.
ild.01 As he spoke the son of Saturn bowed his dark brows, and the ambrosial locks swayed on his immortal head, till vast Olympus reeled.
ild.01 When the pair had thus laid their plans, they parted Jove to his house, while the Goddess quitted the splendour of Olympus, and plunged into the depths of the sea.
ild.02 The Goddess Dawn now wended her way to vast Olympus that she might herald day to Jove and to the other immortals, and Agamemnon sent the criers round to call the people in assembly; so they called them and the people gathered thereon.
ild.02 Down she darted from the topmost summits of Olympus, and in a moment she was at the ships of the Achaeans.
ild.02 And now, O Muses, dwellers in the mansions of Olympus, tell me for you are Goddesses and are in all places so that you see all things, while we know nothing but by report who were the chiefs and princes of the Danaans? As for the common soldiers, they were so that I could not name every single one of them though I had Ten tongues, and though my voice failed not and my heart were of Bronze within me, unless you, O Olympian Muses, daughters of aegis bearing Jove, were to recount them to me.
ild.03 Go sit with Alexandrus yourself; henceforth be Goddess no longer; never let your feet carry you back to Olympus; worry about him and look after him till he make you his wife, or, for the matter of that, his slave but me? I shall not go; I can garnish his bed no longer; I should be a by word among all the Women of Troy.
ild.04 This was what Minerva was already eager to do, so down she darted from the topmost summits of Olympus.
ild.04 If he that rules Olympus fulfil it not here and now, he.
ild.05 "Dear brother," she cried, "save me, and give me your Horses to take me to Olympus where the Gods dwell.
ild.05 She lashed her Horses on and they flew forward nothing loth, till in a trice they were at high Olympus, where the Gods have their dwelling.
ild.05 We dwellers in Olympus have to put up with much at the hands of men, and we lay much suffering on one another.
ild.05 Thereon Hades went to the house of Jove on great Olympus, angry and full of pain; and the arrow in his brawny shoulder caused him great anguish till Paeeon healed him by spreading soothing herbs on the wound, for Hades was not of mortal mould.
ild.05 Daring, head strong, evildoer who recked not of his sin in shooting the Gods that dwell in Olympus.
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 Through these the Goddesses drove their obedient steeds, and found the son of Saturn sitting all alone on the topmost ridges of Olympus.
ild.05 With all speed he reached high Olympus, home of the Gods, and in great pain sat down beside Jove the son of Saturn.
ild.05 I hate you worst of all the Gods in Olympus, for you are ever fighting and making mischief.
ild.07 When, therefore, Minerva saw these men making havoc of the Argives, she darted down to Ilius from the summits of Olympus, and Apollo, who was looking on from Pergamus, went out to meet her; for he wanted the Trojans to be victorious.
ild.07 "What would you have said he, "daughter of great Jove, that your proud spirit has sent you hither from Olympus? Have you no pity upon the Trojans, and would you incline the scales of victory in favour of the Danaans? Let me persuade you for it will be better thus stay the combat for to day, but let them renew the fight hereafter till they compass the doom of Ilius, since you Goddesses have made up your minds to destroy the city.
ild.07 And Minerva answered, "So be it, Far Darter; it was in this mind that I came down from Olympus to the Trojans and Achaeans.
ild.08 NOW when Morning, clad in her robe of saffron, had begun to suffuse light over the earth, Jove called the gods in council on the topmost crest of serrated Olympus.
ild.08 If I see anyone acting apart and helping either Trojans or Danaans, he shall be beaten inordinately ere he come back again to Olympus; or I will hurl him down into dark Tartarus far into the deepest pit under the earth, where the gates are Iron and the floor Bronze, as far beneath Hades as heaven is high above the earth, that you may learn how much the mightiest I am among you.
ild.08 Hangs me a Golden chain from heaven, and lay hold of it all of you, Gods and Goddesses together tug as you will, you will not drag Jove the supreme counsellor from heaven to earth; but were I to pull at it myself I should draw you up with earth and sea into the bargain, then would I bind the chain about some pinnacle of Olympus and leave you all dangling in the mid firmament.
ild.08 Thus did he vaunt, but Queen Juno made high Olympus quake as she shook with rage upon her throne.
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 With this Iris went her way, fleet as the wind, from the heights of Ida to the lofty summits of Olympus.
ild.08 Presently father Jove drove his Chariot to Olympus, and entered the assembly of Gods.
ild.08 Jove then sat down upon his Golden throne and Olympus reeled beneath him.
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 I tell you therefore and it would have surely been I should have struck you with lighting, and your Chariots would never have brought you back again to Olympus.
ild.10 Ulysses hung them up aloft in honour of Minerva the Goddess of plunder, and prayed saying, "Accept these, Goddess, for we give them to you in preference to all the Gods in Olympus: therefore speed us still further towards the Horses and sleeping ground of the Thracians.
ild.11 Discord was glad as she beheld them, for she was the only God that went among them; the others were not there, but stayed quietly each in his own home among the dells and valleys of Olympus.
ild.11 Tell me now ye Muses that dwell in the mansions of Olympus, who, whether of the Trojans or of their allies, was first to face Agamemnon? It was Iphidamas son of Antenor, a man both brave and of great stature, who was brought up in fertile Thrace the mother of Sheep.
ild.11 Now there is a certain town, Thryoessa, perched upon a rock on the river Alpheus, the border city Pylus; this they would destroy, and pitched their camp about it, but when they had crossed their whole plain, Minerva darted down by night from Olympus and bade us set ourselves in array; and she found willing soldiers in Pylos, for the men meant fighting.
ild.13 Of the two, swift Ajax son of Oileus was the first to know who it was that had been speaking with them, and said to Ajax son of Telamon, Ajax", this is one of the Gods that dwell on Olympus, who in the likeness of the prophet is bidding us fight hard by our ships.
ild.13 As the lightning which the son of Saturn brandishes from bright Olympus when he would show a sign to mortals, and its gleam flashes far and wide even so did his armour gleam about him as he ran.
ild.13 Grim Mars of awful voice did not yet know that his son had fallen, for he was sitting on the summits of Olympus under the Golden clouds, by command of Jove, where the other Gods were also sitting, forbidden to take part in the battle.
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 Venus now went back into the house of Jove, while Juno darted down from the summits of Olympus.
ild.14 He went up to her and said, "What do you want that you have come hither from Olympus and that too with neither Chariot nor Horses to convey you?"
ild.14 The Horses that will take me over land and sea are stationed on the lowermost spurs of many fountained Ida, and I have come here from Olympus on purpose to consult you.
ild.14 Tell me now, O Muses that dwell on Olympus, who was the first of the Argives to bear away blood stained spoils after Neptune lord of the earthquake had turned the fortune of war.
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 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 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 When we cast lots, it fell to me to have my dwelling in the sea for evermore; Hades took the darkness of the realms under the earth, while air and sky and clouds were the portion that fell to Jove; but earth and great Olympus are the common property of all.
ild.16 And do not for lust of battle go on killing the Trojans nor lead the Achaeans on to Ilius, lest one of the ever living Gods from Olympus attack you for Phoebus Apollo loves them well: return when you have freed the ships from peril, and let others wage war upon the plain.
ild.16 And now, tell me, O Muses that hold your mansions on Olympus, how fire was thrown upon the ships of the Achaeans.
ild.16 As when a cloud goes up into heaven from Olympus, rising out of a clear sky when Jove is brewing a gale even with such panic stricken rout did the Trojans now fly, and there was no order in their going.
ild.18 Tell him everything; as for me, I will go to the cunning workman Vulcan on high Olympus, and ask him to provide my son with a suit of splendid armour.
ild.18 Thus, then, did her feet bear the Goddess to Olympus, and meanwhile the Achaeans were flying with loud cries before murderous Hector till they reached the ships and the Hellespont, and they could not draw the body of Mars s servant Patroclus out of reach of the weapons that were showered upon him, for Hector son of Priam with his host and Horsemen had again caught up to him like the flame of a fiery furnace; thrice did brave Hector seize him by the feet, striving with might and main to draw him away and calling loudly on the Trojans, and thrice did the two Ajaxes, clothed in valour as with a garment, beat him from off the body; but all undaunted he would now charge into the thick of the fight, and now again he would stand still and cry aloud, but he would give no ground.
ild.18 And now he would even have dragged it off and have won imperishable glory, had not Iris fleet as the wind, winged her way as messenger from Olympus to the son of Peleus and bidden him arm.
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 Thetis wept and answered, Vulcan", is there another Goddess in Olympus whom the son of Saturn has been pleased to try with so much affliction as he has me? Me alone of the marine Goddesses did he make subject to a mortal husband, Peleus son of Aeacus, and sorely against my will did I submit to the embraces of one who was but mortal, and who now stays at home worn out with age.
ild.18 Lastly, when the famed lame God had made all the armour, he took it and set it before the mother of Achilles; whereon she darted like a falcon from the snowy summits of Olympus and bore away the gleaming armour from the house of Vulcan.
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 "On this Jove was stung to the very quick, and in his rage he caught Folly by the hair, and swore a great oath that never should she again invade starry heaven and Olympus, for she was the bane of all.
ild.20 Meanwhile Jove from the top of many delled Olympus, bade Themis gather the Gods in council, whereon she went about and called them to the house of Jove.
ild.20 Olympus and look on in peace, but do you others go about among Trojans and Achaeans, and help either side as you may be severally disposed.
ild.20 Shall we turn him back at once, or shall one of us stand by Achilles and endow him with strength so that his heart fail not, and he may learn that the chiefs of the immortals are on his side, while the others who have all along been defending the Trojans are but vain helpers? Let us all come down from Olympus and join in the fight, that this day he may take no hurt at the hands of the Trojans.
ild.20 If Mars or Phoebus Apollo begin fighting, or keep Achilles in check so that he cannot fight, we too, will at once raise the cry of battle, and in that case they will soon leave the field and go back vanquished to Olympus among the other Gods.
ild.21 I blame none of the other dwellers on Olympus so severely as I do my dear mother, who has beguiled and tricked me.
ild.21 Jove heard as he was sitting on Olympus, and laughed for joy when he saw the Gods coming to blows among themselves.
ild.21 Meanwhile King Neptune turned to Apollo saying, Phoebus", why should we keep each other at arm s length? it is not well, now that the others have begun fighting; it will be disgraceful to us if we return to Jove s Bronze floored mansion on Olympus without having fought each other; therefore come on, you are the younger of the two, and I ought not to attack you, for I am older and have had more experience.
ild.21 Diana had now reached Jove s Bronze floored mansion on Olympus, and sat herself down with many tears on the knees of her father, while her ambrosial raiment was quivering all about her.
ild.21 Thus did they converse, and meanwhile Phoebus Apollo entered the strong city of Ilius, for he was uneasy lest the wall should not hold out and the Danaans should take the city then and there, before its hour had come; but the rest of the ever living Gods went back, some angry and some triumphant to Olympus, where they took their seats beside Jove lord of the storm cloud, while Achilles still kept on dealing out death alike on the Trojans and on their As when the smoke from some burning city ascends to heaven when the anger of the Gods has kindled it there is then toil for all, and sorrow for not a few even so did Achilles bring toil and sorrow on the Trojans.
ild.22 Thus did he urge Minerva who was already eager, and down she darted from the topmost summits of Olympus.
ild.24 "So, Goddess," said he, "for all your sorrow, and the grief that I well know reigns ever in your heart, you have come hither to Olympus, and I will tell you why I have sent for you.
ild.24 Silver footed Thetis did as the God had told her, and forthwith down she darted from the topmost summits of Olympus.
ild.24 "Go," said he, "fleet Iris, from the mansions of Olympus, and tell King Priam in Ilius, that he is to go to the ships of the Achaeans and free the body of his dear son.
ild.24 The lord of Olympus bids you go and ransom noble Hector, and take with you such gifts as shall give satisfaction to Achilles.
ild.24 Wife"," said he, "a messenger has come to me from Olympus, and has told me to go to the ships of the Achaeans to ransom my dear son, taking with me such gifts as shall give satisfaction to Achilles.
ild.24 The old man was comforted as he heard him and said, "My son, see what a good thing it is to have made due offerings to the immortals; for as sure as that he was born my son never forgot the Gods that hold Olympus, and now they requite it to him even in death.
ild.24 With these words Mercury went back to high Olympus.
ild.24 When they came to the ford of eddying Xanthus, begotten of immortal Jove, Mercury went back to high Olympus, and dawn in robe of saffron began to break over all the land.

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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