The situation seems to change rather suddenly here; the words of Helenos in 96-101 would naturally follow some such account of Diomedes' exploits as we have had in E rather than the detached combats of the last 72 lines, in which he has appeared only as one among many Greek heroes. All these combats are evidently such as must have formed the stock-in-trade of the Epic poet for use wherever needed. They may have been inserted here to form a transition from the episode of the wounding of Ares. 73-4 = 17.319-20. ὑπό, as 3.61. Schol. B for once shews a touch of humour: “λίαν οἶδε τὸ τῆς εἱμαρμένης ὁ ποιητής”.
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