τόνδε: anticipated from the rel. clause, see on 2.409.
 ἰδέσθαι: to look upon.
 cf. 21.426.ἐπιπωλεῖται στίχας: comes up to the ranks; in order to review them, as 4.231, 250; with hostile intent, 11.540. Acc. to another figure, he was “ποιμὴν λαῶν”.
 πῶυ: flock; always of sheep.Ὀδυσσεύς: see on 1.138. κραναῆς: cf. (“Ἰθάκη”) “τρηχεἶ ἀλλ̓ ἀγαθὴ κουροτρόφος” (nurse of men) Od. 9.27, scopulos Ithacae, Laërtia regna Verg. Aen. iii. 272, Ithacam illam in asperrimis saxulis tanquam nidulum affixam Cic. de Orat. i. 44. πέρ: as A 352.
 καί: as v. 184.δεῦρό ποτ̓ ἤλυθε: sc. before the beginning of open hostilities, in order to demand the restitution of Helen and the treasure. Odysseus as the most ready in speech and counsel was sent (cf. A 311 and I, where he is sent to persuade Achilles to return to the conflict) with Menelaus who had the greatest interest in the decision. Antimachus urged the killing of the embassadors and prevented the success of their embassy. cf. (“Ἀντίμαχος”) “ὅς ποτ̓ ἐνὶ Τρώων ἀγορῇ Μενέλαον ἄνωγεν ι ἀγγελίην ἐλθόντα σὺν ἀντιθέῳ Ὀδυσῆι ι αὖθι κατακτεῖναι μηδ̓ ἐξέμεν ἂψ ἐς Ἀχαιούς Λ” 139 ff.
 ἐξείνισσα: received hospitably.φίλησα: entertained. This shows the beginning of a law of nations by which embassies enjoy the rights of guests. For the attitude of Antenor toward the errand of this embassy, see on 2.822. ἐδάην: I learned to know. μήδεα: cf. vs. 212 ff. ἐν ἀγρομένοισιν: among the assembled, cf. v. 55. This was on the occasion when the Trojans discussed the demand made by the embassy. The poet does not raise the question why Priam did not then make the acquaintance of Odysseus.
 στάντων: sc. to address the people, cf. 1.58, 68, etc. The gen. is part., of Menelaus and Odysseus, but is not unlike a gen. abs., see §3 e, f. — “ὑπείρεχεν [ὑπερ-]”: “towered above” Odysseus, cf. v. 168. cf. umeris extantem Verg. Aen. vi. 668.ὤμους: acc. of specification, cf. v. 227.
 ἄμφω δ̓ ἑζομένω: i.e. as listeners; nom. of the whole, almost a nom. abs., since only one of the two persons comprised is mentioned in what follows. The sent. begins as if “Ὀδυσσεὺς μέν, Μενέλαος δέ” were to follow. cf. “Κ 224, Μ” 400; and for other examples of change of const., see E 27, H 8, 306.γεραρώτερος: cf. v. 170. Menelaus had a short trunk but long legs, and appeared shorter only when they were seated.
 παῦρα μέν: correlative with “οὐδ̓ ἀφαμαρτοεπής. ἀλλὰ μάλα λιγέως” is shown to be parenthetical by “ἐπεὶ οὐ πολύμυθος” which explains “παῦρα.” “Few words but to the point.” “Saying little indeed (although very clear, 2.246), for he was not a man of many words; but saying nothing which failed to hit the mark.” A Spartan king ought to be laconic! — cf. et Homerus brevem quidem cum iucunditate et propriam (id enim est non deerrare verbis) et carentem supervacuis eloquentiam Menelao dedit, quae sunt virtutes generis illius primi, et ex ore Nestoris dixit dulciorem melle profluere sermonem [A 249], qua certe delectatione nihil fingi maius potest: sed summam expressurus in Ulixe facundiam, et magnitudinem illi vocis et vim orationis nivibus hibernis copia verborum atque impetu parem tribuit. cum hocigitur nemo mortalium contendet, hunc ut deum homines intuebuntur. Quintilian xii. 10. 64 f.εἰ καί: even if, although he was younger than Odysseus. Reference is made to the age of Odysseus in 23.790, where he is said by Nestor's son to be “προτέρης γενεῆς προτέρων τ̓ ἀνθρώπων.—γένει”: only here for “γενεῇ”, in birth, in age.
 ἀναΐξειεν: for the opt. expressing indefinite frequency of past action, cf. v. 233. G. 233; H. 914 B.
 ὑπαὶ: [as 2.824] ἴδεσκε: he always looked down; with the more definite statement “κατὰ χθονὸς κτλ”., — a sign of meditation; cf. “ἐπὶ χθονὸς ὄμματα πᾶξαι” Theoc. ii. 112, as a sign of embarrassment. cf. non protinus est erumpendum, sed danda brevis cogitationi mora: mire enim auditurum dicturi cura delectat et iudex se ipse componit. hoc praecipit Homerus Ulixis exemplo, quem stetisse oculis in terram defixis immotoque sceptro, priusquam illam eloquentiae procellam effunderet, dicit. Quintilian xi. 3. 157 f.
 φαίης κε: potential of the past, crederes, as v. 223; Att. “ἔφης ἄν”. cf. v. 392. — Obs. the asyndeton. — “ζάκοτον κτλ”.: a sullen, ill-natured kind of a fellow. “ζα”- is a strengthening prefix, as in “ζα-θέην Α” 38; see on “Β 308. — ἄφρονα κτλ”.: a mere simpleton. For “αὔτως”, see on 1.133; cf. “πάις δ̓ ἔτι νήπιος αὔτως” (a mere infant) 22.484.
 See Quintilian quoted on v. 214.ἔπεα: for the length of the ultima, see § 41 j. — “νιφάδεσσιν κτλ”.: in contrast with v. 214. ἔπειτα: lit. after that. Ὀδυσῆι: for the use of the name instead of a pron., see on A 240. Obs. the repetition of the name in the same position in the following verse, cf. vs. 430, 432, 434. Ὀδυσῆος: const. with “εἶδος”.