Sunday, October 20, 2019


Take Heart

Homer, Iliad 10.383 (Odysseus to Dolon; tr. Peter Green):
Take heart, remove the idea of death from your mind!

θάρσει, μηδέ τί τοι θάνατος καταθύμιος ἔστω.
Bryan Hainsworth ad loc.:
Odysseus' reassurance of the wretched Dolon seems at first reading a pleasant return to the conventions of war that prevailed before the opening of the Iliad, when Akhilleus habitually took prisoners and allowed them to be ransomed (11.104-6, 21.100-2).
But a short time later (10.455-457), Diomedes slaughters Dolon.

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