Telamon

Created by Sreeja Jijith at 22 Sep 2011 13:13 and updated at 22 Sep 2011 13:13

ILIAD NOUN

ild.02 He was not so great, nor nearly so great, as Ajax the son of Telamon.
ild.02 Of the men, Ajax, son of Telamon, was much the foremost so long as Achilles anger lasted, for Achilles excelled him greatly and he had also better Horses; but Achilles was now holding aloof at his ships by reason of his quarrel with Agamemnon, and his people passed their time upon the sea shore, throwing discs or aiming with spears at a mark, and in archery.
ild.04 Forthwith Ajax, son of Telamon, slew the fair youth Simoeisius, son of Anthemion, whom his mother bore by the banks of the Simois, as she was coming down from Mt.
ild.05 Ajax son of Telamon pitied them in their fall; he came close up and hurled his spear, hitting Amphius the son of Selagus, a man of great wealth who lived in Paesus and owned much corn growing land, but his lot had led him to come to the aid of Priam and his sons.
ild.06 First, Ajax son of Telamon, tower of strength to the Achaeans, broke a phalanx of the Trojans, and came to the assistance of his comrades by killing Acamas son of Eussorus, the best man among the Thracians, being both brave and of great stature.
ild.07 Holding this shield before him, Ajax son of Telamon came close up to Hector, and menaced him saying, Hector", you shall now learn, man to man, what kind of champions the Danaans have among them even besides lion hearted Achilles cleaver of the ranks of men.
ild.07 And Hector answered, "Noble Ajax, son of Telamon, captain of the host, treat me not as though I were some puny boy or Woman that cannot fight.
ild.07 Ajax son of Telamon answered, Idaeus", bid Hector say so, for it was he that challenged our princes.
ild.08 To this end he went round the ships and tents carrying a great purple cloak, and took his stand by the huge black hull of Ulysses ship, which was middlemost of all; it was from this place that his voice would carry farthest, on the one hand towards the tents of Ajax son of Telamon, and on the other towards those of Achilles for these two heroes, well assured of their own strength, had valorously drawn up their ships at the two ends of the line.
ild.08 Ninth came Teucer with his bow, and took his place under cover of the shield of Ajax son of Telamon.
ild.08 He went up to him and said, Teucer", man after my own heart, son of Telamon, captain among the host, shoot on, and be at once the saving of the Danaans and the glory of your father Telamon, who brought you up and took care of you in his own house when you were a child, bastard though you were.
ild.09 Ajax son of Telamon then said, Ulysses", noble son of Laertes, let us be gone, for I see that our journey is vain.
ild.09 Ajax"," replied Achilles, "noble son of Telamon, you have spoken much to my liking, but my blood boils when I think it all over, and remember how the son of Atreus treated me with contumely as though I were some vile tramp, and that too in the presence of the Argives.
ild.11 She took her stand by the huge black hull of Ulysses ship which was middlemost of all, so that her voice might carry farthest on either side, on the one hand towards the tents of Ajax son of Telamon, and on the other towards those of Achilles for these two heroes, well assured of their own strength, had valorously drawn up their ships at the two ends of the line.
ild.11 Thrice did he cry as loudly as man can cry, and thrice did brave Menelaus hear him; he turned, therefore, to Ajax who was close beside him and said, Ajax", noble son of Telamon, captain of your people, the cry of Ulysses rings in my ears, as though the Trojans had cut him off and were worsting him while he is single handed.
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.11 Hector tore his way through and flung himself into the thick of the fight, and his presence threw the Danaans into confusion, for his spear was not long idle; nevertheless though he went among the ranks with sword and spear, and throwing great stones, he avoided Ajax son of Telamon, for Jove would have been angry with him if he had fought a better man than himself.
ild.11 Hither, then, to the rescue of great Ajax son of Telamon.
ild.12 But if the have too much on their hands to let them come, at any rate let Ajax son of Telamon do so, and let Teucer the famous bowman come with him.
ild.12 You had better both come if you can, or it will be all over with him directly; the leaders of the Lycians are upon him, men who have ever fought desperately heretofore; if you have too much on your hands to let both come, at any rate let Ajax son of Telamon do so, and let Teucer the famous bowman come with him.
ild.12 Great Ajax, son of Telamon, heeded the message, and at once spoke to the son of Oileus.
ild.12 With this, Ajax son of Telamon set off, and Teucer his brother by the same father went also, with Pandion to carry Teucer s bow.
ild.12 First, Ajax son of Telamon killed brave Epicles, a comrade of Sarpedon, hitting him with a jagged stone that lay by the battlements at the very top of the wall.
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 And Ajax son of Telamon answered, "I too feel my hands grasp my spear more firmly; my strength is greater, and my feet more nimble; I long, moreover, to meet furious Hector son of Priam, even in single combat.
ild.13 Teucer son of Telamon was the first to kill his man, to wit, the warrior Imbrius son of Mentor rich in Horses.
ild.13 The son of Telamon now struck him under the ear with a spear which he then drew back again, and Imbrius fell headlong as an ash tree when it is felled on the crest of some high mountain beacon, and its delicate green foliage comes toppling down to the ground.
ild.13 Great Ajax son of Telamon will yield to no man who is in mortal mould and eats the grain of Ceres, if Bronze and great stones can overthrow him.
ild.13 Ajax son of Oileus never for a moment left the side of Ajax son of Telamon, but as two swart Oxen both strain their utmost at the plough which they are drawing in a fallow field, and the sweat steams upwards from about the roots of their horns nothing but the yoke divides them as they break up the ground till they reach the end of the field even so did the two Ajaxes stand shoulder to shoulder by one another.
ild.13 Many and brave comrades followed the son of Telamon, to relieve him of his shield when he was overcome with sweat and toil, but the Locrians did not follow so close after the son of Oileus, for they could not hold their own in a hand to hand fight.
ild.14 As he was thus retreating, Ajax son of Telamon struck him with a stone, of which there were many lying about under the men s feet as they fought brought there to give support to the ships sides as they lay on the shore.
ild.14 Ajax son of Telamon was more angry than any, for the man had fallen close be, him; so he aimed at Polydamas as he was retreating, but Polydamas saved himself by swerving aside and the spear struck Archelochus son of Antenor, for heaven counselled his destruction; it struck him where the head springs from the neck at the top joint of the spine, and severed both the tendons at the back of the head.
ild.14 Ajax son of Telamon was first to wound Hyrtius son of Gyrtius, captain of the staunch Mysians.
ild.15 He then with all sincerity and goodwill addressed them thus: "What, in heaven s name, do I now see? Is it not Hector come to life again? Every one made sure he had been killed by Ajax son of Telamon, but it seems that one of the gods has again rescued him.
ild.15 Ajax son of Telamon answered, "My good fellow, let your bow and your arrows be, for Jove has made them useless in order to spite the Danaans.
ild.15 Meanwhile Ajax son of Telamon was cheering on the Argives.
ild.17 When among the body of his men, he looked around for mighty Ajax son of Telamon, and presently saw him on the extreme left of the fight, cheering on his men and exhorting them to keep on fighting, for Phoebus Apollo had spread a great panic among them.
ild.17 When he had thus spoken they charged full weight upon the Danaans with their spears held out before them, and the hopes of each ran high that he should force Ajax son of Telamon to yield up the body fools that they were, for he was about to take the lives of many.
ild.17 But the Achaeans did not lose it long, for Ajax, foremost of all the Danaans after the son of Peleus alike in stature and prowess, quickly rallied them and made towards the front like a wild boar upon the mountains when he stands at bay in the forest glades and routs the hounds and lusty youths that have attacked him even so did Ajax son of Telamon passing easily in among the phalanxes of the Trojans, disperse those who had bestridden Patroclus and were most bent on winning glory by dragging him off to their city.
ild.17 At this moment Hippothous brave son of the Pelasgian Lethus, in his zeal for Hector and the Trojans, was dragging the body off by the foot through the press of the fight, having bound a strap round the sinews near the ancle; but a mischief soon befell him from which none of those could save him who would have gladly done so, for the son of Telamon sprang forward and smote him on his Bronze cheeked helmet.
ild.18 My mother forbade me to arm till I should see her come, for she promised to bring me goodly armour from Vulcan; I know no man whose arms I can put on, save only the shield of Ajax son of Telamon, and he surely must be fighting in the front rank and wielding his spear about the body of dead Patroclus.
ild.23 Forthwith uprose great Ajax the son of Telamon, and crafty Ulysses, full of wiles rose also.
ild.23 Forthwith uprose great Ajax the son of Telamon, as also mighty Diomed son of Tydeus.
ild.23 Then uprose the two mighty men Polypoetes and Leonteus, with Ajax son of Telamon and noble Epeus.
ild.23 Ajax son of Telamon threw third, and sent the quoit beyond any mark that had been made yet, but when mighty Polypoetes took the quoit he hurled it as though it had been a stockman s stick which he sends flying about among his Cattle when he is driving them, so far did his throw out distance those of the others.

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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