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BOOK XIII

Neptune helps the Achæans—The feats of Idomeneas—Hector at the ships.

Now when Jove had thus brought Hector and the Trojans to the ships, he left them to their never-ending toil, and turned his keen eyes away, looking elsewhither towards the horse-breeders of Thrace, the Mysians, fighters at close quarters, the noble Hippemolgi, who live on milk, and the Abians, justest of mankind. He no longer turned so much as a glance towards Troy, for he did not think that any of the immortals would go and help either Trojans or Danaans.

10 But King Neptune had kept no blind look-out; he had been looking admiringly on the battle from his seat on the topmost crests of wooded Samothrace, whence he could see all Ida,[1] with the city of Priam and the ships of the Achæans. He had come from under the sea and taken his place here, for he pitied the Achæans who were being overcome by the Trojans; and he was furiously angry with Jove.

17 Presently he came down from his post on the mountain top, and as he strode swiftly onwards the high hills and the forest quaked beneath the tread of his immortal feet. Three strides he took, and with the fourth he reached his goal—Ægæ, where is his glittering golden palace, imperishable, in the depths of the sea. When he got there, he yoked his fleet brazen-footed steeds with their manes of gold all flying in the wind; he clothed himself in raiment

  1. Ida is quite small, and by no means conspicuous as seen from Troy. It must be only visible on rare days from Samothrace, but no doubt it can be just seen sometimes.

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