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[780] Return to the narrative which was interrupted by the Catalogue (v. 484); but while, at v. 476, the leaders are busy in arranging their troop<*>, here they are represented as already moving forward for the attack.

οἱ δέ: the Achaeans. — “ὡς εἴ τε κτλ”.: as if the earth were devoured (lit. pastured off) by fire.νέμομαι” is used as pass. only here. The opt. is used to express a mere conception of the mind, cf. “βῆ δ̓ ἴμεν αἰτήσων ... πάντοσε χεῖῤ ὀρέγων, ὡς εἰ πτωχὸς” (beggar) “πάλαι εἴη ρ” 365 f., “ἂψ ἐπέθηχ̓, ὡς εἴ τε φαρέτρῃ” (quiver) “πῶμ̓” (cover) “ἐπιθείη ι” 314. — The comparison relates to the gleam of the armor and weapons, cf. vs. 455 ff.

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