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CliniasWhat form is that?AthenianThe same that Homer himself mentioned next to the second, when he said that the third form arose in this way. His verses run thus— Dardania he founded when as yetThe Holy keep of Ilium was not builtUpon the plain, a town for mortal folk,But still they dwelt upon the highland slopesOf many-fountained Ida.Hom. Il. 20.216 ff
CliniasMost certainly.AthenianIlium was founded, we say, after moving from the highlands down to a large and noble plain, on a hill of no great height which had many rivers flowing down from Ida above.CliniasSo they say.AthenianAnd do we not suppose that this took place many ages after the Deluge?CliniasMany ages after, no doubt.AthenianAt any rate they seem to have been strangely forgetful
of the catastrophe now mentioned, since they placed their city, as described, under a number of rivers descending from the mount, and relied for their safety upon hillocks of no great height.CliniasSo it is evident that they were removed by quite a long interval from that calamity.AthenianBy this time, too, as mankind multiplied, many other cities had been founded.CliniasOf course.AthenianAnd these cities also made attacks on Ilium, probably by sea too, as well as by land, since by this time all made use of the sea fearlessly.CliniasSo it appears.
not only for the Peloponnesus, but for the whole of Hellas as well, in case any of the barbarians should attack them just as the former dwellers around Ilium were emboldened to embark on the Trojan War through reliance on the Assyrian power as it had been in the reign of Ninus. The mythical founder of the Assyrian empire, husband of Semiramis, and builder of Nineveh (dated about 2200 B.C.). For much of the splendor of that empire still survived and the people of that age stood in fear of its confederate power, just as we men of today dread the Great King. For since Troy was a part of the Assyrian empire, the secondThe first “capture” was by Heracles, in the reign of Laomedon, father of Priam. Cp. Hom. Il. 5.640 ff. capture of T