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[206] κάββαλεν, ‘set down’; for the spelling cf. E 343.

ἐν πυρὸς αὐγῇ, ‘in the bright light of the fire.’ It will be recalled that the embassy occurs in the evening; and perhaps all the light in the hut is furnished by this fire.

[209] τῷ, ‘for him,’ Achilles.

[211] μέγα, ‘to a large flame.’

[212] κατὰ ... ἐκάη, tmesis.

213, 214. ‘He spread out the glowing embers and extended the spits over them; and he sprinkled all with holy salt, resting the spits on the supporting stones.’

[214] ἁλός, genitive of material. The salt is said to be called ‘holy’ because of its preservative power.

[219] τοίχου τοῦ ἑτάροιο, ‘by the opposite wall,’ a genitive of place.

[221] The envoys had just feasted with Agamemnon (l. 177); so it may be inferred that these formulary lines mean that they ate only so much now as courtesy demanded.

[224] δείδεκτ᾽ο) (for “δέδϝεκτο”?) from “δειδίσκομαι” (“δεδϝίσκομαι”?), ‘pledged.’

[225] χαῖρ᾽ Ἀχιλεῦ, ‘your health, Achilles!’

ἐπιδευεῖς, predicate adjective after “ἐσμέν” understood.

[226] Odysseus purposely mentions the name of Achilles's great enemy at the outset: he hints that they were sent by him, although, for fear of a rebuff, he does not openly say so.

ἠμὲν ... ἠδέ (l. 227)=“καὶ ... καί”.

[227] πάρα γὰρ κτλ., ‘for there are set forth many satisfying viands to feast upon.’

δαίνυσθ᾽αι), infinitive of purpose.

[228] μέμηλεν, supply “ἡμῖν”.

[229] μέγα πῆμα ... εἰσοράοντες, ‘looking on the great distress.’

[230] δείδιμεν=“δέδϝιμεν”, § 62.1.

ἐν δοιῇ, supply “ἐστί”: ‘it is uncertain whether the ships be safe or perish.’

[232] Achilles may well feel that his prayer (A 408, 409) is being realized.

αὖλιν, perhaps originally “αὔλιδ᾽”(“α”), but made to conform to ordinary Attic usage § 80). Classical Greek had a verb from this word, “αὐλίζομαι”, familiar in Xenophon's Anabasis.

[234] οὐδ᾽ ἔτι φασὶν σχήσεσθ᾽αι), ‘and they say they will no longer be restrained’; in the Greek idiom the negative precedes “φημί”. Cf. Xen. Anab. I, 3, 1: “οἱ γὰρ στρατιῶται οὐκ ἔφασαν ἰέναι τοῦ πρόσω”.

[236] 236, 237. The lightnings of Zeus, propitious to the Trojans, and the confidence of Hector are told of in the preceding book (8.75, 133, 141, 170, 175).

[242] πυρός, cf. B 415.

[243] ὀρινομένους, ‘stirred out’ like wasps, says a scholiast.

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