457-544. A succession of single-combats. The Achaeans prevail until the Trojans are roused by Apollo.The story of the Iliad is a story of strife between individuals or of the conflicts of small groups of men, — not of the strategical movements of large masses of troops. The common soldier is of very little consequence in any way before Troy. The battle is decided by a few mighty men of valor. πρῶτος: primus. Ἀντίλοχος: a doughty son of Nestor, and special friend of Achilles. The youngest of the Greek leaders. cf. the words of Menelaus, “Ἀντίλοχ᾽ οὔ τις σεῖο νεώτερος ἄλλος Ἀχαιῶν,ι οὔτε ποσὶν θάσσων” (swifter, “ταχύς”) “οὔτ᾽ ἄλκιμος ὡς σὺ μάχεσθαι Ο” 569 f. He was afterwards slain by the Aethiopian Memnon, acc. to Od. 4.187 f. Τρώων: const. with “ἄνδρα”. ἕλεν: took, i.e. slew. Equiv. to “ἔκτεινε, ἔπεφνε, ἐνήρατο”, and “ἐνάριζε”. κορυστήν: equiv. to “αἰχμητής, Ε 197; ἀσπιστής, 90; ἀσπιδιώτης, Β 554; θωρηκτής, Μ” 317; Attic “ὁπλίτης”.
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