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For infantry and seamen both, the ships, dark-eyed1and linen-winged, [560] led forth (woe!), the ships laid them low (woe!), the ships, under the deadly impact of the foe and by the hands of Ionians. [565] The King himself, as we learn, has barely made his escape over the wintry paths which traverse the plains of Thrace.

1 The great eye that was often painted on each bow made a Greek ship seem a thing of life. Cp. Aesch. Supp. 716.

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