ἀπύρους, ‘that fire has not yet touched,’ as is proved by 23.268.— A Homeric τάλαντον of gold was a weight much less in value than the Attic talent of silver; the latter was equivalent to about $1,080 in our money. The value of the Homeric talent, however, although it must have been vastly less than this, is unknown. Two talents of gold are mentioned as a fourth prize in connection with the chariot race, 23.269, while the third is a caldron untouched by fire, and the fifth an urn. What may be a similar caldron is mentioned, 23.885, as equivalent in value to an ox.
 γένοιτο, protasis of the less vivid future condition.τόσσα of this line is correlative with “ὅσσα”, l. 127.—Line 126, which awkwardly interrupts the construction, is rejected by some editors.
 αὐτός, Achilles.
 μέτα, ‘among them,’ counting as eighth, however, and not included in the seven, as is proved by T 246; further, the seven were Lesbians, while Briseis was from Lyrnessus, a town of Mysia (B 689, 690).ἀπηύρων, § 63.4.
 ἔπι, ‘besides.’
 εἰσελθὼν κτλ.: as our text is punctuated, this may be taken to mean ‘entering into the council of chiefs, when we Achaeans apportion the booty.’ If a comma were placed after “εἰσελθών” (the common punctuation), and that after “νηησάσθω” were removed, the participle might be taken with the preceding verb thus: ‘entering into the city, let him load his ship’ etc.Ἄργος ... Ἀχαιικόν, the Peloponnesus; see note on A 79. οὖθαρ ἀρούρης, imitated in Vergil's “ubere glaebae,” Aen. I, 531, and III, 164; “divitis uber agri,” VII, 262.
 ἔπι, ‘besides.’ Not only may Achilles neglect the custom of making presents to the bride's father and so possess his bride free (“ἀνάεδνον”, l. 146), but Agamemnon will of his own accord give rich presents along with her as peace-offerings (“μείλια”). See note on X 472.τιμήσουσιν with κε, § 190.
 τελέουσι, future indicative, § 151. The people will honor him, like a god, with offerings (“δωτίνῃσι”, l. 155) of first-fruits, and they will pay rich taxes (“λιπαρὰς θέμιστας”) imposed on them by royal command.
‘For Death alone of the gods loves not offerings; nor by sacrifice nor by libation may you accomplish aught, nor has he altar nor is he hymned; and from him alone of divinities Persuasion holds aloof.’Fragment 161 (Wecklein)