Θερσίτης: from “θέρσος”, the Aeol. form of “θάρσος” daring, rashness, see § 4 f. The name (“Θερσίτας”) appears in a Thessalian inscription of 214 B.C. It is noteworthy that the poet does not say from what country of Greece Thersites came, and thus offends no one by the episode.— Thersites makes his cause odious by his advocacy of it. The vulgar demagogue was intended by the poet to awaken antipathy, and thus is represented to be just as disagreeable and deformed in body as in character. The Greeks always associated a beautiful soul with a beautiful person.μοῦνος: made emphatic by its position before the caesura. For the form, see § 5 e. ἀμετροεπής: pred. ἐκολῴα: equiv. to “κολῳὸν ἤλαυνε”, cf. 1.575.
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