For Achilles's prayer see A 409; Thetis carries it to Zeus, A 509, 510; Achilles mentions its fulfilment. 16.236, 237.
 βροτοῦ ἀνέρος ἔμβαλον εὐνῇ, ‘forced you to share a mortal's couch.’ The fact is alluded to again in this book, ll. 432-434. The story is (scholium, Venetus A, on A 519): Zeus became enamored of Thetis, daughter of Nereus, and passionately pursued her. But in the region of Caucasus he was restrained by Prometheus, who warned him that the son born of Thetis would be mightier than his own father; Zeus, fearing that his rule might be overthrown, heeded the warning; and he wedded Thetis to a mortal instead, Peleus, son of Aeacus. From this union sprang Achilles, who was in fact mightier than his father Peleus, as well as all the other warriors of his time.
 ἁλίῃσιν, here a substantive, ‘goddesses of the sea.’
 There is an ellipsis after “νῦν δ᾽”（“έ”) of a thought like ‘the gods forced you to wed a mortal’; the verb of the implied thought is in a secondary tense, and so permits the optative “εἴη” after “ἵνα.”καὶ σοί, ‘you too.’
 ἕλωρα, the ‘plundering,’ i. e. ‘despoiling.’
 ‘Short-lived, then, you will be, my son, to judge by your words.’οἷ᾽ ἀγορεύεις = ‘because you speak such words.’