Created by Sreeja Jijith at 22 Sep 2011 13:33 and updated at 22 Sep 2011 13:33


ild.01 He brought Briseis from the tent and gave her over to the heralds, who took her with them to the ships of the Achaeans and the Woman was loth to go.
ild.03 Paris"," said he, "evil hearted Paris, fair to see, but Woman mad, and false of tongue, would that you had never been born, or that you had died unwed.
ild.03 Will not the Achaeans mock at us and say that we have sent one to champion us who is fair to see but who has neither wit nor courage? Did you not, such as you are, get your following together and sail beyond the seas? Did you not from your a far country carry off a lovely Woman wedded among a people of warriors to bring sorrow upon your father, your city, and your whole country, but joy to your enemies, and hang Dog shamefacedness to yourself? And now can you not dare face Menelaus and learn what manner of man he is whose wife you have stolen? Where indeed would be your lyre and your love tricks, your comely locks and your fair favour, when you were lying in the dust before him? The Trojans are a weak kneed people, or ere this you would have had a shirt of stones for the wrongs you have done them.
ild.03 Let him who shall be victorious and prove to be the better man take the Woman and all she has, to bear them to his home, but let the rest swear to a solemn covenant of peace whereby you Trojans shall stay here in Troy, while the others go home to Argos and the land of the Achaeans.
ild.03 Let him who shall be victorious and prove to be the better man take the Woman and all she has, to bear them to his own home, but let the rest swear to a solemn covenant of peace.
ild.03 When they saw Helen coming towards the tower, they said softly to one another, "Small wonder that Trojans and Achaeans should endure so much and so long, for the sake of a Woman so marvellously and divinely lovely.
ild.03 She took the form of an old Woman who used to dress wool for her when she was still in Lacedaemon, and of whom she was very fond.
ild.04 As when some Woman of Meonia or Caria strains purple dye on to a piece of ivory that is to be the cheek piece of a Horse, and is to be laid up in a treasure house many a knight is fain to bear it, but the king keeps it as an ornament of which both Horse and driver may be proud even so, O Menelaus, were your shapely thighs and your legs down to your fair ancles stained with blood.
ild.05 Father" Jove," said she, "do not be angry with me, but I think the Cyprian must have been persuading some one of the Achaean Women to go with the Trojans of whom she is so very fond, and while caressing one or other of them she must have torn her delicate hand with the Gold pin of the Woman s brooch.
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 I will speak plainly, and hereby notify to the Trojans that I will not give up the Woman; but the wealth that I brought home with her from Argos I will restore, and will add yet further of my own.
ild.08 Henceforth they will despise you, for you are become no better than a Woman.
ild.08 Cover him with glory though he is far off; I will promise and I will assuredly perform; if aegis bearing Jove and Minerva grant me to sack the city of Ilius, you shall have the next best meed of honour after my own a tripod, or two Horses with their Chariot, or a Woman who shall go up into your bed.
ild.09 "Nevertheless he did distribute some meeds of honour among the chieftains and kings, and these have them still; from me alone of the Achaeans did he take the Woman in whom I delighted let him keep her and sleep with her.
ild.09 Why, pray, must the Argives needs fight the Trojans? What made the son of Atreus gather the host and bring them? Was it not for the sake of Helen? Are the sons of Atreus the only men in the world who love their wives? Any man of common right feeling will love and cherish her who is his own, as I this Woman, with my whole heart, though she was but a fruitling of my spear.
ild.09 Many a time was I minded when at home in Phthia to woo and wed a Woman who would make me a suitable wife, and to enjoy the riches of my old father Peleus.
ild.09 My mother, therefore, prayed me without ceasing to lie with the Woman myself, that so she hate my father, and in the course of time I yielded.
ild.11 As the sharp pangs which the Eilithuiae, Goddesses of childbirth, daughters of Juno and dispensers of cruel pain, send upon a Woman when she is in labour even so sharp were the pangs of the son of Atreus.
ild.11 In this the Woman, as fair as a Goddess, mixed them a mess with Pramnian wine; she grated Goat s milk cheese into it with a Bronze grater, threw in a handful of white barley meal, and having thus prepared the mess she bade them drink it.
ild.12 But even so the Trojans could not rout the Achaeans, who still held on; and as some honest hard working Woman weighs wool in her balance and sees that the scales be true, for she would gain some pitiful earnings for her little ones, even so was the fight balanced evenly between them till the time came when Jove gave the greater glory to Hector son of Priam, who was first to spring towards the wall of the Achaeans.
ild.13 Paris"," said he, "evil hearted Paris, fair to see but Woman mad and false of tongue, where are Deiphobus and King Helenus? Where are Adamas son of Asius, and Asius son of Hyrtacus? Where too is Othryoneus? Ilius is undone and will now surely fall!"
ild.14 Never yet have I been so overpowered by passion neither for Goddess nor mortal Woman as I am at this moment for yourself not even when I was in love with the wife of Ixion who bore me Pirithous, peer of Gods in counsel, nor yet with Danae the daintily ancled daughter of Acrisius, who bore me the famed hero Perseus.
ild.16 Fair Polydora daughter of Peleus bore him to ever flowing Spercheius a Woman mated with a God but he was called son of Borus son of Perieres, with whom his mother was living as his wedded wife, and who gave great wealth to gain her.
ild.16 The second company was led by noble Eudorus, son to an unwedded Woman.
ild.17 Automedon, valiant son of Diores, lashed them again and again; many a time did he speak kindly to them, and many a time did he upbraid them, but they would neither go back to the ships by the waters of the broad Hellespont, nor yet into battle among the Achaeans; they stood with their Chariot stock still, as a pillar set over the tomb of some dead man or Woman, and bowed their heads to the ground.
ild.19 Time" was when she fooled Jove himself, who they say is greatest whether of Gods or men; for Juno, Woman though she was, beguiled him on the day when Alcmena was to bring forth mighty Hercules in the fair city of Thebes.
ild.19 Swear me, O Olympian, swear me a great oath, that he who shall this day fall between the feet of a Woman, shall be lord over all that dwell about him who are of your blood and lineage.
ild.22 What, again, if were to lay down my shield and helmet, lean my spear against the wall and go straight up to noble Achilles? What if I were to promise to give up Helen, who was the fountainhead of all this war, and all the treasure that Alexandrus brought with him in his ships to Troy, aye, and to let the Achaeans divide the half of everything that the city contains among themselves? I might make the Trojans, by the mouths of their princes, take a solemn oath that they would hide nothing, but would divide into two shares all that is within the city but why argue with myself in this way? Were I to go up to him he would show me no kind of mercy; he would kill me then and there as easily as though I were a Woman, when I had off my armour.
ild.22 As Horses in a Chariot race speed round the turning posts when they are running for some great prize a tripod or Woman at the games in honour of some dead hero, so did these two run full speed three times round the city of Priam.
ild.22 She told her maids to set a large tripod on the fire, so as to have a warm bath ready for Hector when he came out of battle; poor Woman, she knew not that he was now beyond the reach of baths, and that Minerva had laid him low by the hands of Achilles.
ild.23 The first prize he offered was for the Chariot races a Woman skilled in all useful arts, and a three legged cauldron that had ears for handles, and would hold Twenty two measures.
ild.23 Forthwith he sprang from his goodly Chariot, and leaned his whip against his Horses yoke; brave Sthenelus now lost no time, but at once brought on the prize, and gave the Woman and the ear handled cauldron to his comrades to take away.
ild.23 For the loser he brought out a Woman skilled in all manner of arts, and they valued her at four Oxen.
ild.23 The course was set out for them from the starting post, and the son of Oileus took the lead at once, with Ulysses as close behind him as the shuttle is to a Woman s bosom when she throws the woof across the warp and holds it close up to her; even so close behind him was Ulysses treading in his footprints before the dust could settle there, and Ajax could feel his breath on the back of his head as he ran swiftly on.
ild.24 "This were well," she cried, "O lord of the Silver bow, if you would give like honour to Hector and to Achilles; but Hector was mortal and suckled at a Woman s breast, whereas Achilles is the offspring of a Goddess whom I myself reared and brought up.
ild.24 His mother sat down beside him and caressed him with her hand saying, "My son, how long will you keep on thus grieving and making moan? You are gnawing at your own heart, and think neither of food nor of Woman s embraces; and yet these too were well, for you have no long time to live, and death with the strong hand of fate are already close beside you.
ild.24 With this the old man bade the serving Woman pour pure water over his hands, and the Woman came, bearing the water in a bowl.
ild.24 No one neither man nor Woman saw them, till Cassandra, fair as Golden Venus standing on Pergamus, caught sight of her dear father in his Chariot, and his servant that was the city s herald with him.
ild.24 At this there was not man nor Woman left in the city, so great a sorrow had possessed them.

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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