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[877] Ξάνθου: mentioned also “Ε 479, Μ” 313; to be distinguished from the Trojan river “ὃν Ξάνθον καλέουσι θεοί, ἄνδρες δὲ Σκάμανδρον Υ” 74

Instead of the general battle which was to be expeeted from the preparations of the Second Book, a duel is fought between Menelaus and Paris. This duel is intended by the combatants to put an end to the entire war.

In the Third Book, the poet gives to his hearers a view of the state of affairs in Troy, as the preceding Books had taught of the relations existing between the Achaeans, both leaders and men.

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