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Rhapsody 7

Literally Translated, with Explanatory Notes, by Theodore Alois Buckley

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But he fell from his mares on the ground, and his limbs were relaxed.

But when the azure-eyed goddess Minerva saw them destroying the Greeks, in fierce engagement, she descended straightway, rushing down from the tops of Olympus to sacred Ilium. Then Apollo hastened to meet her, having perceived her from Pergamus, for he wished victory to the Trojans. And they met each other at the beech-tree. Her first king Apollo, the son of Jove, addressed:

"Why again dost thou, O daughter of mighty Jove, come ardently from Olympus, and why has thy mighty soul impelled thee? It is that thou mightst give to the Greeks the doubtful victory of battle, for thou dost not pity the Trojans perishing. But if thou obeyest me in aught, which indeed would be much better, let us now make the war and conflict to cease this day, afterwards shall they fight until they find an end of Ilium; since it is pleasing to the mind of you goddesses to overthrow this city." [255]

[Footnote 255: On the partisan deities for and against Troy, cf. Dionys. 817.

[Greek: "Ilion, en epolisse Poseidaon kai Apollon, Ilion, en alapaken alapazan Athenaie te kai Ere".]

See Grote's Hist, of Greece, vol. i. p. 68.]

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