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mallet esse relictus. For the tense of mallet see R. § 626. In form the sentence is like the English ‘would have preferred to have been left behind,’ but the verbs do not, as in English (R. § 541), refer to the same moment of time. Palamedes was accused by Ulysses, who was already hostile to him (34 n.) of an intention to betray the Greek army to the Trojans. The charge being established by the discovery of gold previously buried beneath his tent by Ulysses, and by the finding upon a dead Trojan of a forged letter from Priam to Palamedes, offering the latter exactly the sum discovered as a reward of his treachery, he was stoned to death (Hygin. 105). The story is not found in Homer, but Sophocles, Aeschylus and Euripides wrote tragedies upon it. Cf. Virg. Aen.II. 81-5, and for Ulysses' reply 308-12.
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