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successu, ‘career.’ The word keeps more of its literal force than can be rendered by the English ‘success.’ Cf. Virg. Aen.V. 210-2, ib. XII. 616, “iam minus atque minus successu laetus equorum”, ib. 913-4, “sic Turno, quacumque viam virtute petivit, successum dea dira negat”. 85-90. These two incidents, distinct from each other and from the battle by the ships, are apparently introduced to cover the retreat to the ships. The first comes from IliadXIV. 409-20, the second from VII. 37-312. Hector challenged the best of the Achaeans to single combat, and after some hesitation nine of the Greek chiefs came forward, among them Ajax and Ulysses. An indecisive combat, in which Ajax had the better (cf. 279 n.) was terminated by the interposition of the heralds Talthybius and Idaeus and by the oncoming of night. The combatants exchanged presents at parting.
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