Page:The Iliad of Homer (Butler).djvu/73

This page has been validated.
BK. IV.]
53
JOVE AND JUNO WRANGLE

horses, while getting the people together against Priam and his children? Do as you will, but we other gods shall not all of us approve your counsel."

30 Jove was angry and answered, "My dear, what harm have Priam and his sons done you that you are so hotly bent on sacking the city of Ilius? Will nothing do for you but you must go within their walls and eat Priam raw, with his sons and all the other Trojans to boot? Have it your own way then; for I would not have this matter become a bone of contention between us. I say further, and lay my saying to your heart, if ever I want to sack a city belonging to friends of yours, you must not try to stop me; you will have to let me do it, for I am giving in to you sorely against my will. Of all inhabited cities under the sun and stars of heaven, there was none that I so much respected as Ilius with Priam and his whole people. Equitable feasts were never wanting about my altar, nor the savour of burning fat, which is the honour due to ourselves."

51 "My own three favourite cities," answered Juno, "are Argos, Sparta, and Mycenæ. Sack them whenever you may be displeased with them. I shall not defend them and I shall not care. Even if I did, and tried to stay you, I should take nothing by it, for you are much stronger than I am, but I will not have my own work wasted. I too am a god and of the same race with yourself. I am Saturn's eldest daughter, and am honourable not on this ground only, but also because I am your wife, and you are king over the gods. Let it be a case, then, of give-and-take between us, and the rest of the gods will follow our lead. Tell Minerva to go and take part in the fight at once, and let her contrive that the Trojans shall be the first to break their oaths and set upon the Achæans."

68 The sire of gods and men heeded her words, and said to Minerva, "Go at once into the Trojan and Achæan hosts, and contrive that the Trojans shall be the first to break their oaths and set upon the Achæans."