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[553] “τῷ δ̓ οὔ πω κτλ”.: acc. to Hdt. vii. 161, an ambassador of the Athenians in the time of the second Persian war referred to these verses with pride before Gelo, tyrant of Syracuse, “τῶν” (“Ἀθηναίων”) “καὶ Ὅμηρος ἐποποιὸς ἄνδρα ἄριστον ἐς Ἴλιον ἀπικέσθαι τάξαι τε καὶ διακοσμῆσαι στρατόν”. But the Iliad does not elsewhere mention or show this skill of Menestheus.

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