The Argives appear to be routed after their success in Ε with very little trouble; but this is no doubt in order to avoid the monotony of fighting, and something of the sort is required after the pomp with which the arrival of Hector and Paris has been described. The “ἀριστεία” of Diomedes, having been fully developed, is now dropped. The turning of the battle — which here has no great effect upon the story — is told in a condensed form; 17-18 = 5.711-12, 19 = 2.167; 21, cf. 4.508.
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