Created by Sreeja Jijith at 22 Sep 2011 13:30 and updated at 22 Sep 2011 13:30


ild.01 Many a brave soul did it send hurrying down to Hades, and many a hero did it yield a prey to Dogs and Vultures, for so were the counsels of Jove fulfilled from the day on which the son of Atreus, king of men, and great Achilles, first fell out with one another.
ild.02 The bands that bear your shields shall be wet with the sweat upon your shoulders, your hands shall weary upon your spears, your Horses shall steam in front of your Chariots, and if I see any man shirking the fight, or trying to keep out of it at the ships, there shall be no help for him, but he shall be a prey to Dogs and Vultures.
ild.04 Argives"," said he, "slacken not one whit in your onset; father Jove will be no helper of liars; the Trojans have been the first to break their oaths and to attack us; therefore they shall be devoured of Vultures; we shall take their city and carry off their wives and children in our ships.
ild.07 But Minerva and Apollo, in the likeness of Vultures, perched on father Jove s high oak tree, proud of their men; and the ranks sat close ranged together, bristling with shield and helmet and spear.
ild.08 Get our Horses ready, while I go within the house of aegis bearing Jove and put on my armour; we shall then find out whether Priam s son Hector will be glad to meet us in the highways of battle, or whether the Trojans will glut hounds and Vultures with the fat of their flesh as they he dead by the ships of the Achaeans.
ild.11 As when some mighty forest is all ablaze the eddying gusts whirl fire in all directions till the thickets shrivel and are consumed before the blast of the flame even so fell the heads of the flying Trojans before Agamemnon son of Atreus, and many a noble pair of steeds drew an empty Chariot along the highways of war, for lack of drivers who were lying on the plain, more useful now to Vultures than to their wives.
ild.11 His wife will tear her cheeks for grief and his children will be fatherless: there will he rot, reddening the earth with his blood, and Vultures, not Women, will gather round him.
ild.11 He fell heavily to the ground and Ulysses vaunted over him saying, "O Socus, son of Hippasus tamer of Horses, death has been too quick for you and you have not escaped him: poor wretch, not even in death shall your father and mother close your eyes, but the ravening Vultures shall enshroud you with the flapping of their dark wings and devour you.
ild.16 The two then rushed at one another with loud cries like Eagle beaked crook taloned Vultures that scream and tear at one another in some high mountain fastness.
ild.16 I am foremost of all the Trojan warriors to stave the day of bondage from off them; as for you, Vultures shall devour you here.
ild.17 I am less concerned for the body of Patroclus, who will shortly become meat for the Dogs and Vultures of Troy, than for the safety of my own head and yours.
ild.18 Glad indeed will he be who can escape and get back to Ilius, and many a Trojan will become meat for Dogs and Vultures may I never live to hear it.
ild.22 Monster that he is; would indeed that the Gods loved him no better than I do, for so, Dogs and Vultures would soon devour him as he lay stretched on earth, and a load of grief would be lifted from my heart, for many a brave son has he reft from me, either by killing them or selling them away in the islands that are beyond the sea: even now I miss two sons from among the Trojans who have thronged within the city, Lycaon and Polydorus, whom Laothoe peeress among Women bore me.
ild.22 The Achaeans shall give him all due funeral rites, while Dogs and Vultures shall work their will upon yourself.
ild.22 Though Priam son of Dardanus should bid them offer me your weight in Gold, even so your mother shall never lay you out and make lament over the son she bore, but Dogs and Vultures shall eat you utterly up.
ild.24 Sir"," replied the slayer of Argus, guide and guardian, "neither hounds nor Vultures have yet devoured him; he is still just lying at the tents by the ship of Achilles, and though it is now Twelve days that he has lain there, his flesh is not wasted nor have the worms eaten him although they feed on warriors.

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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