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[278] Vs. 278-335. Speech of Odysseus before the assembly of the people. He urges the continuance of the war in accordance with the omens sent by Zeus.

πληθύς: the crowd there; with pl. as collective, see on v. 99.

ἀνὰ ἔστη: shows that Odysseus resumed his seat after chastising Thersites, see on v. 76.

πτολίπορθος: a general title of honor, not simply because “Τροίης ἱερὸν πτολίεθρον ἔπερσεν α” 2; the same epith. is applied to Achilles “Θ 372, Ο 77, Φ 550, Ω” 108; it is given to Oïleus v. 728, to Ares 20.152, to Enyo (the goddess of war) 5.333. In the Odyssey, it is given only to Odysseus.

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