previous next

I believe that I, too, pity you, son of Poeas, as much as your former visitors.

And I myself attest your accusations, [320] for I know their truth through my own experience with the wickedness of the Atreids and the force of Odysseus.

What, do you also have a grievance against the accursed sons of Atreus, a cause for anger at some mistreatment?

If only I might one day be allowed to fulfill my heart's rage by the deeds of my hand, [325] so that Mycenae might learn, and Sparta, that Scyros also is a mother of brave men!

Well said, son! Now what is the reason that you have come complaining against them with this fierce wrath?

I will tell you—and yet it is hard to tell— [330] the outrage that I suffered from them upon my arrival there. For when fate decreed that Achilles should die—

Ah, me! Tell me no more, until I first know this—is the son of Peleus dead?

Dead—not by a mortal hand, but by a god's. [335] He was brought down, as men say, by the arrow of Phoebus.

Well, noble alike are the slayer and the slain. But I am at a loss to know, son, whether I should first inquire into the wrong done you, or mourn the dead.

Your own sorrows, I think, are enough [340] for you, unhappy man, without mourning for those of your neighbor.

You speak the truth. Therefore tell me again what happened to you, and how they wronged you.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide Places (automatically extracted)

View a map of the most frequently mentioned places in this document.

Sort places alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a place to search for it in this document.
Mycenae (Greece) (1)

Download Pleiades ancient places geospacial dataset for this text.

hide References (4 total)
  • Commentary references to this page (2):
    • Sir Richard C. Jebb, Commentary on Sophocles: Trachiniae, 1160
    • Walter Leaf, Commentary on the Iliad (1900), 21.278
  • Cross-references in notes to this page (1):
  • Cross-references in general dictionaries to this page (1):
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: