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 ... ι 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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