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[103] ἄριστος Αχαιῶν: cf. 414, 839, 6.98. The poet must not be criticised too strictly and prosaically, as if he were making an official report of the war; he must not be charged with inconsistency for giving here to Diomed the preëminence which he elsewhere gives to Achilles or Telamonian Ajax. cf. 6.252, where the poet calls Laodice ‘the most beautiful of Priam's daughters,’ and 13.365, where the same expression is used of Cassandra.

οὐδέ φημι: cf. “Λ 589, Σ 132, ο” 213.

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