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[127] 127-132 prepare the way for 330 ff.

ἀχλὺν κτλ.: Athena opened Diomed's eyes that he might not engage in conflict with the gods who favored the Trojans, who might be inclined to lure him on to an unequal strife. cf. aspice — namque omnem, quae nunc obducta tuenti| mortalis hebetat visus tibi et umida circum| caligat, nubem eripiam Verg. Aen. ii. 604 ff., ‘but to nobler sights| Michael from Adam's eyes the film removed| Which that false fruit that promised clearer sight| Had bred, then purged with euphrasy and rue| The visual nerve, for he had much to see,’ Milton Par. Lost xi. 411 ff.; ‘Then the Lord opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the Lord standing in his way, and his sword drawn in his hand,’ Numbers xxii. 31; ‘And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha,’ 2 Kings vi. 17.

ἐπῆεν: was upon them.

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