Homeric Dissertations

Homeric Dissertations

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1866 edition. Excerpt: ... the bosom-friend of Achilles, not able to prevail on the still inflexible hero to take up arms in person, borrows his armour, and, under this familiar guise of terror, works great devastation in the Trojan camp. But it is not the mere armour of Achilles that can appal Hector; Patroclus is slain; a terrible struggle takes place of a kind very common in Homer, for the possession of his dead body, and while this is with difficulty rescued from the fangs of Trojan spoilers, word is brought to Achilles that his friend is slain. His grief is uncontrollable. The sharp cries of his sorrow bring his divine mother forth from the depths of the sparry sea-caves to wail with him. She finds her son bent on returning to the battle, not that he may please Agamemnon, but that he may sacrifice Hector to the manes of his beloved friend; and knowing his purpose to be inflexible, she prepares for the struggle, that in the lo11g-run was to be no less fatal to him than to Hector, by procuring for him a suit of armour from the workshop of the Olympian smith. The description of this celestial armour, and especially of the beautiful shield, so often imitated by future poets, brings us to the end of the eighteenth book. The possession of the armour is followed by a public reconciliation with Agamemnon; and the counsellor Jove, having now attained his immediate object in bringing honour to Achilles, is free to follow his great plan of helping the Greeks, and overthrowing the empire of Priam. The other gods now re ceive his free permission to mingle in the fray, according to their respective partialities. The twentieth book accordingly contains the battle of the gods. In the midst of it Achilles rages over the field, himself almost a god, and fearless of the...show more

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  • Paperback | 138 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 259g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236865782
  • 9781236865786