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[405] ἡμεῖς: WE, whom you call cowards.

τοί: “let me tell you,” “you ought to know.”

μέγα: far, adv. with “ἀμείνονες. μέγα” strengthens all degrees of comparison; see on 1.78. — cf. Tydides melior patre Hor. Carm. i. 15. 28, “οὕτως ἡμεῖς πολὺ βελτίους τῶν ἀνδρῶν εὐχόμεθ᾽ εἶναι” Aristoph. Thesmophor. 810. Diomed and Sthenelus had both been among the ‘Epigoni’ who had taken Thebes, ten years after the first disastrous expedition in which the fathers of both had served as commanders. The first Theban expedition is barely alluded to elsewhere in Homer, and the poet only in this passage mentions the war of the ‘Epigoni.’

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