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Homer, Iliad 6.12-19

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Diomedes kills Axylus, who sounds as though he was a nice guy. 😦

Ἄξυλον δ’ ἄρ’ ἔπεφνε βοὴν ἀγαθὸς Διομήδης
Τευθρανίδην, ὃς ἔναιεν ἐϋκτιμένῃ ἐν Ἀρίσβῃ
ἀφνειὸς βιότοιο, φίλος δ’ ἦν ἀνθρώποισι.
πάντας γὰρ φιλέεσκεν ὁδῷ ἔπι οἰκία ναίων.
ἀλλά οἱ οὔ τις τῶν γε τότ’ ἤρκεσε λυγρὸν ὄλεθρον
πρόσθεν ὑπαντιάσας, ἀλλ’ ἄμφω θυμὸν ἀπηύρα
αὐτὸν καὶ θεράποντα Καλήσιον, ὅς ῥα τόθ’ ἵππων
ἔσκεν ὑφηνίοχος· τὼ δ’ ἄμφω γαῖαν ἐδύτην.

And then Diomedes, good at the battle-cry, killed Axylus, son of Teuthras. He lived in well-built Arisbe, a man rich in substance, and he was friendly to people: he welcomed all guests, as he lived in a house on the road. But none of them was then able to meet the enemy in front of him and keep mournful destruction away, but Diomedes took away the life of them both, Axylus himself and his attendant Calesius, who was at that time the driver of his chariot. So the two of them went below the earth.

Written by aleatorclassicus

July 23, 2010 at 12:00 PM

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