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hic. Euripides, in making the ghost of Achilles appear at his cenotaph in Thrace ( Hec.37), deserts for obvious reasons the older tradition followed by Virgil ( Aen.III. 322), according to which he appeared at his grave on the Sigeian promontory.

quantus . . . solebat, ‘in full stature as he lived,’ and in full panoply, “χρυσέοις σὺν ἵπλοις” ( Eur. Hec.112). He was nine cubits high, according to Lycophron. Everything is on a gigantic scale in the heroic age. So Priam is called “μέγας”, Il.XXIV. 477, ingens, Virg. Aen.II. 557; so Turnus, ib. XII. 927, Aeneas, ib. VI. 413, and his hand, ib. V. 487. In the same spirit are the descriptions of the huge stones and trees hurled by the heroes. Cf. III. 59, XII. 510 (with the sarcastic reference, Juv.i. 11), Virg. Aen.XII. 896-900, Il.V. 303, ib. XII. 445-9 (with Juv.xv. 65-71), and the accompanying contrasts of modern degeneracy. This degeneracy was connected with the gradual decline of the earth's productive power, dwelt on by Lucr.ii. 1150 sqq. and V. 826. For much more information see Mayor on Juv.xv. 69.

quantus . . . solebat, ‘in full stature as he lived,’ and in full panoply, “χρυσέοις σὺν ἵπλοις” ( Eur. Hec.112). He was nine cubits high, according to Lycophron. Everything is on a gigantic scale in the heroic age. So Priam is called “μέγας”, Il.XXIV. 477, ingens, Virg. Aen.II. 557; so Turnus, ib. XII. 927, Aeneas, ib. VI. 413, and his hand, ib. V. 487. In the same spirit are the descriptions of the huge stones and trees hurled by the heroes. Cf. III. 59, XII. 510 (with the sarcastic reference, Juv.i. 11), Virg. Aen.XII. 896-900, Il.V. 303, ib. XII. 445-9 (with Juv.xv. 65-71), and the accompanying contrasts of modern degeneracy. This degeneracy was connected with the gradual decline of the earth's productive power, dwelt on by Lucr.ii. 1150 sqq. and V. 826. For much more information see Mayor on Juv.xv. 69.

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