Iliad, 2.721–723 “Philoktetes lies there on the island suffering harsh pains In holy Lemnos where the sons of the Achaeans left him suffering with an evil wound from a murderous watersnake.” ἀλλ’ ὃ μὲν ἐν νήσῳ κεῖτο κρατέρ’ ἄλγεα πάσχων Λήμνῳ ἐν ἠγαθέῃ, ὅθι μιν λίπον υἷες ᾿Αχαιῶν ἕλκεϊ μοχθίζοντα κακῷ ὀλοόφρονος ὕδρου Odyssey 5.13–15 […]

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