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Homer, Iliad 1.44-52

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Apollo comes down from Olympus to bring plague to the Greek army.

βῆ δὲ κατ’ Οὐλύμποιο καρήνων χωόμενος κῆρ,
τόξ’ ὤμοισιν ἔχων ἀμφηρεφέα τε φαρέτρην·
ἔκλαγξαν δ’ ἄρ’ ὀϊστοὶ ἐπ’ ὤμων χωομένοιο,
αὐτοῦ κινηθέντος· ὃ δ’ ἤϊε νυκτὶ ἐοικώς.
ἕζετ’ ἔπειτ’ ἀπάνευθε νεῶν, μετὰ δ’ ἰὸν ἕηκε·
δεινὴ δὲ κλαγγὴ γένετ’ ἀργυρέοιο βιοῖο.
οὐρῆας μὲν πρῶτον ἐπῴχετο καὶ κύνας ἀργούς,
αὐτὰρ ἔπειτ’ αὐτοῖσι βέλος ἐχεπευκὲς ἐφιεὶς
βάλλ’· αἰεὶ δὲ πυραὶ νεκύων καίοντο θαμειαί.

And he came down from the peaks of Olympus, angered in his heart, with his bow and his close-covered quiver on his shoulders. And the arrows clanged terribly on the angry god’s shoulders as he moved. He came like the night. Then he sat away from the ships, and let an arrow fly. Terrible was the twang of his silver bow. It was the mules he attacked first and the swift hounds, but then, letting fly his sharp arrows on the men themselves, he struck them, and at all times the pyres of corpses burned thick.

Written by aleatorclassicus

September 15, 2010 at 12:00 PM

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