The Iliad "Whose Little Body Lodged A Mighty Mind"
by Simone Weil

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"Whose Little Body Lodged A Mighty Mind"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

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Context: In this book are related the heroic deeds of Diomedes, he who wounds Aeneas and his mother Aphrodite. Hector rallies his forces and enlists the aid of Ares, god of war, who also is wounded by Diomedes, thus putting a stop to interference in the battle on the plains of Troy. Stentor speaks out and shames the Greeks, though Athene rallies them, once more commenting on Tydeus, father of the great warrior Diomedes. (There was another small man, called Little Ajax, who threw the spear farthest and ran almost as fast as Achilles.)

Degenerate Prince! and not of Tydeus' kindWhose little body lodged a mighty mind;Foremost he press'd in glorious toils to share,And scarce refrained when I forbade the war . . .Such nerves I gave him, and such force in fight,Thou too no less hast been my constant care;Thy hands I arm'd and sent thee forth to war. . . .