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[24] We are even given the means of realising the extraordinary stature of the heroes of old by the description of their weapons, such as the shield of Ajax1 and the spear-shaft of Achilles2 hewn in the forests of Pelion. Virgil3 also has made admirable use of this device in his description of the Cyclops. For what an image it gives us of the bulk of that body
“Whose hand was propped by a branchless trunk of
So, too, what a giant must Demoleos4 have been,

1 Il. vii. 219.

2 Il. xvi. 140.

3 Aen. iii. 659.

4 Aen. v. 264.

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