Vs. 87-154. Assembly of the people. Agamemnon's speech and its effect.ἠύτε: introduces a detailed comparison, as v. 455, 3.3; see §2 g, h. ἔθνεα: swarms. For the following weak hiatus, see § 41 f “δ”. εἶσι: retains its force as a present esp. in comparisons, cf. 3.61. μελισσάων: i.e. wild bees which live in hollow trees and in holes in the rock.—For the comparison of bees cf. ac veluti in pratis ubi apes aestate serena | floribus insidunt variis, et candida circum | lilia funduntur; strepit omnis murmure campus Verg. Aen. vi. 707 ff.; ‘as bees | In spring-time when the sun with Taurus rides, | Pour forth their populous youth about the hive | In clusters; they among fresh dews and flowers | Fly to and fro . . . So thick the airy crowd swarm'd.’ Milton Par. Lost i. 768 ff.
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