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[290] ὣς φάμενος: cf. 835.

ἴθυνεν Ἀθήνη: cf. 4.132. The goddess who incited Pandarus to a breach of the truce (4.86 ff.) now helps to overpower him. Without her aid, the lance, hurled by a man standing on the ground, could hardly have taken this course, — entering near the eye, and issuing near the nape of the neck. Possibly Pandarus was stooping.

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