Saturday, February 25, 2006

Epikles from The Iliad

"Telemonian Aias made the first kill - Sarpedon's brave companion, Epikles - by heaving a jagged block, the topmost of a pile that lay inside one of the battlements. Not easily could any mortal alive hold it in both hands, even in his prime, but Aias raised it high and hurtled it down, shattering helmet, skull and brains at one blow. Down the Lykian dropped headlong from the wall's height like a diver, as warm life ebbed from his bones"

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