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[121] Vs. 121-244. The view from the walls. Helen, questioned by Priam, tells him about some of the Achaean heroes.

Ἶρις: Iris, elsewhere the messenger of the gods (see on 2.786), here of her own accord (cf. “Ε 353, Ψ” 198 ff.) brings into the action Helen, the cause of the war and the prize of the expected single combat. The following scene (“Τειχοσκοπία”) which occupies the time necessary for the preparations for the principal action (see on 1.318), introduces the hearer to the Trojans and their relations to each other.

λευκωλένῳ: see on 1.55.

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