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[802] Ἕκτορ: Iris turns to address Hector as the commander-in-chief, on whom above all others depends the weal of the state; cf. “οἶος γὰρ ἐρύετο” (guarded) “Ἴλιον Ἔκτωρ Ζ 403, οἶος γάρ σφιν ἔρυσο πύλας καὶ τείχεα μακρά Χ 507, μοι” (sc. Hecuba) “νύκτας τε καὶ ἦμαρ εὐχωλὴ κατὰ ἄστυ πελέσκεο, πᾶσί τ̓ ὄνειαρ Τρωσί τε καὶ Τρωῇσι κατὰ πτόλιν, οἵ σε θεὸν ὣς δειδέχατο Χ” 432 ff. Hector was the mightiest of the fifty sons of Priam, 24.495 ff. In Z is the account of an affectionate meeting of Hector and his wife Andromache; in H, Hector fights in single combat with Telamonian Ajax; he breaks his way through the gates of the Greek camp, M 445 ff.; he is grievously wounded by Ajax, 14.402 ff., but Apollo restores his strength, and he returns to the conflict, 15.246 ff., and advances to the very ships of the Achaeans, 16.114 ff.; he slays Patroclus, the friend of Achilles, 16.818 ff.; he is himself slain by Achilles, 22.330. The Twentyfourth Book tells the story of Priam's visit to the Achaean camp to ransom Hector's body. The last verse of the Iliad is “ὣς οἵ γ̓ ἀμφίεπον τάφον Ἕκτορος ἱπποδάμοιο Ω 804. — δέ”: for the order of words, see on A 282.

ὧδέ γε: const. with “ῥέξαι”. It refers to what follows; cf. 3.442.

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