And with them there came thirty ships. Those again who held Pelasgian Argos, Alos
, Alope, and Trachis
; and those of Phthia
the land of fair women, who were called Myrmidons, Hellenes, and Achaeans;
these had fifty ships, over which Achilles was in command. But they now took no part in the war, inasmuch as there was no one to marshal them; for Achilles stayed by his ships, furious about the loss of the girl Briseis, whom he had taken from Lyrnessos at his own great peril,
when he had sacked Lyrnessos and Thebe, and had overthrown Mynes and Epistrophos, sons of king Euenor, son of Selepus. For her sake Achilles was still in grief [akhos], but ere long he was again to join them.
And those that held Phylake and the flowery meadows of Pyrasus, sanctuary of Demeter ; Iton
, the mother of sheep; Antrum upon the sea, and Pteleum that lies upon the grass lands. Of these brave Protesilaos had been leader while he was yet alive, but he was now lying under the earth.
He had left a wife behind him in Phylake to tear her cheeks in sorrow, and his house was only half finished, for he was slain by a Dardanian warrior while leaping foremost of the Achaeans upon the soil of Troy
. Still, though his people mourned their chieftain, they were not without a leader, for Podarkes, of the race of Ares, marshaled them;
he was son of Iphiklos, rich in sheep, who was the son of Phylakos, and he was own brother to Protesilaos, only younger, Protesilaos being at once the elder and the more valiant. So the people were not without a leader, though they mourned him whom they had lost.
With him there came forty ships. And those that held Pherai
by the Boebean lake, with Boebe, Glaphyrae, and the populous city of Iolkos, these with their eleven ships were led by Eumelos, son of Admetos,
whom Alcestis bore to him, loveliest of the daughters of Pelias. And those that held Methone
and Thaumacia, with Meliboia and rugged Olizon
, these were led by the skillful archer Philoctetes, and they had seven ships, each with fifty oarsmen