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Meriones, another Cretan hero, comrade and friend of Idomeneus. These six, with Ulysses, Ajax, and Agamemnon, made up the nine who offered to fight with Hector ( Il.VII. 162-9). There was at Olympia, where it was seen and described by Pausanias, a bronze group representing them, with Nestor in the act of casting lots. The figure of Agamemnon was distinguished by an inscription, that of Idomeneus by the figure of a cock, the bird sacred to his grandfather Helios, while that of Ulysses was wanting, having been carried off, as was said, by Nero. maioris . . . Atridae, Menelaus, who had previously made the same offer, but was dissuaded by Agamemnon (ib. 96-122). Cf. XII. 623, “non minor Atrides, non bello maior et aevo”.
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