Middle Ring of Achilles’ Shield: CITY UNDER SIEGE

Middle Ring: CITY UNDER SIEGE. From the Shield of Achilles by Kathleen Vail © All Rights Reserved

Middle Ring: CITY UNDER SIEGE. From the Shield of Achilles by Kathleen Vail
© All Rights Reserved

   

“Wartime, next, in the other city, displayed in preparedness:
Two columns of well-armed troops surrounded the walls of a city for sieging.
But they disagreed on the plan of action; some wished to conquer completely,
While others wished to negotiate peace and set terms for half the town’s treasure.”

[Homer’s Iliad, Book 18, Lines 509-512, Vail’s translation]

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