The Iliad of Homer
Page: 355Is from his top torn, when a shoure poured from a bursten cloud,
This book forms a most agreeable interruption to The continuous round of battles, which occupy the latter part of the Iliad. It is as well to observe, that the sameness of these scenes renders many notes unnecessary.
—Who to Tydeus owes, i.e. Diomed.
Gier. Lib. xvi. 25
Compare the description of the dwelling of Sleep in Orlando Furioso, bk. vi.
Dryden's Virgil, Æn. i. 107, seq.
—And Minos. "By Homer, Minos is described as the son of Jupiter, and of the daughter of Phoenix, whom all succeeding authors name Europa; and he is thus carried back into the remotest period of Cretan antiquity known to the poet, apparently as a native hero, Illustrious enough for a divine parentage, and too ancient to allow his descent to be traced to any other source. But in a genealogy recorded by later writers, he is likewise the adopted son of Asterius, as descendant of Dorus, the son of Helen, and is thus connected with a colony said to have been led into Creta by Tentamus, or Tectamus, son of Dorus, who is related either to have crossed over from Thessaly, or to have embarked at Malea after having led his followers by land into Laconia."—Thirlwall, p. 136, seq.
Milton has emulated this passage, in describing the couch of our first parents:—
—"Paradise Lost," iv. 700.
—He lies protected,
"Paradise Lost," vi. 335, seq.
—The brazen dome. See the note on Bk. viii. Page 142.
—For, by the gods! who flies. Observe the bold ellipsis of "he cries," and the transition from the direct to the oblique construction. So in Milton:—
Milton, "Paradise Lost," Book iv.
—So some tall rock.