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.
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