ἅλιον: “was idle.” cf. 4.26, 158, 498.
τὸνμῦθον: “that promise,” defined more exactly by the next verse. Here alone does Homer mention a special promise to Menelaus (that belongs to the earlier part of the story), but this serves as a motive for the action of the goddesses. — cf. “ἠπείλησενμῦθονΑ 388, ὑπόσχεσινἥνπερὑπέστανΒ” 286.
Homer's Iliad, Books IV-VI. Thomas D. Seymour. Boston. Ginn and Company. 1891.
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