chapter  I
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THE HOMERIC CITY 35 figure, erect behind staunch shield, sword by side, javelin in hand and defiance on his lips, to await an adversary worthy to challenge him in conflict. In the intervals he delighted in displaying his wealth and enjoying his prestige: he went to the king's palace for sessions of the Council and for banquets; he stood in the agora ready to give advice in disputes between citizens; he was foremost on feast days when sacrifices, libations and banquets were followed by songs, dances and games. Life was good indeed for the great; a life such as the immortals, their forbears, led.