By Tom Winnifrith
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Diomedes meanwhile rages like a winter torrent, his victims too numerous to distinguish, until Pandarus the archer wounds him in the shoulder. Pandarus is soon to be dealt with; now he boasts, thinking the shot to be fatal, but Athena answers Diomedes' prayer to be enabled to fight on; she tells him she has given him strength such as once she gave to his father Tydeus, and bids him not to hesitate to attack Aphrodite herself if she should enter the battle. First he kills three pairs of victims, two of them brothers - it is a favourite motif of this book.
Book 5 is very different not only in subject (since all of it takes place on the battlefield except for some closely related scenes on Olympus) but also in style and what may be termed realism. The Troy scenes of 6 are closely observed in a psychological sense, and certainly contain nothing that contradicts the ordinary rules and complexities of human relations. Book 5, on the other hand, not only presents the THE ILIAD: THE STYLE OF BOOKS 5 AND 6 23 gods in their most anthropomorphic form but is also punctuated by fantastic happenings that exceed the regular Homeric conventions governing the relations of gods and men.
2. 20117. 3. l92. 4. Wiesbaden, 1968. 5. Studies in the Language of Homer (Cambridge, 1953). 3 Homeric Epic and the Tragic Moment jOHN GOULD My subject in this paper is the response of the tragic poets of fifth-century Athens to the Homeric epics, and beyond that, the meaning that the Homeric poems had for their audience in the fifth century. It is a subject which is going, inevitably, to raise a certain number of puzzles and paradoxes, one or two of which I shall try to throw some light on. But there is one, which must surely arise sooner or later, which I can deal with only by confessing at the outset that I have nothing as yet to say about it - unless this whole paper can be taken as a comment upon it, Which is, no doubt, a confession of serious failure, since we are concerned, on the face of it, with one of ·the few pieces of contemporary evidence that we have, and it comes (or purports to come) from no less a witness than Aeschylus himself.
Aspects of the Epic by Tom Winnifrith