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Epeius

designer and builder of the Trojan Horse. [Rom. Lit.: Aeneid]
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As he spoke there stood up a champion both brave and great stature, a skilful boxer, Epeus, son of Panopeus.
Presently Epeus came on and gave Euryalus a blow on the jaw as he was looking round; Euryalus could not keep his legs; they gave way under him in a moment and he sprang up with a bound, as a fish leaps into the air near some shore that is all bestrewn with sea-wrack, when Boreas furs the top of the waves, and then falls back into deep water.
Then uprose the two mighty men Polypoetes and Leonteus, with Ajax son of Telamon and noble Epeus. They stood up one after the other and Epeus took the quoit, whirled it, and flung it from him, which set all the Achaeans laughing.
About the middle came the lot of Atalanta; she, seeing the great fame of an athlete, was unable to resist the temptation: and after her there followed the soul of Epeus the son of Panopeus passing into the nature of a woman cunning in the arts; and far away among the last who chose, the soul of the jester Thersites was putting on the form of a monkey.
Now, however, change your song and tell us of the wooden horse which Epeus made with the assistance of Minerva, and which Ulysses got by stratagem into the fort of Troy after freighting it with the men who afterwards sacked the city.
Poor Troy must now be sacked upon the sea, And Neptune's waves be envious men of war; Epeus' horse, to Etna's hill transformed, Prepared stands to wrack their wooden walls, And Aeolus, like Agamemnon, sounds The surges, his fierce soldiers, to the spoil.
And be his hands a match for Epeus of the Trojan Horse, if Pallas is angry, a carpenter will be all thumbs.
Boddy also has a nice line in comparison between the ancient and the modern, as when she describes Homer's Epeus as 'prefiguring the boasts of Muhammad Ali': 'I say I am the greatest ...
In a marginal note glossing the boastful vaunt delivered by Epeus, one of the competitors at Patroclus' funeral games in Iliad 23, Chapman alerts the readers of his translation to Homer's acerbic wit: "Note the sharpnes of wit in our Homer, if where you looke not for it, you can find it" (Nicoll 1998a, 470).
Chapman's claim that Homer's irony is obvious--or, rather, obvious to those few readers capable of discerning it--helps to explain his gloss on Epeus' speech in Iliad 23, a passage whose irony is evident only to those readers who "looke not" for it.
Species of Salticidae Category Bavia sexpunctata (Doleschall 1959) Ordinary salticid Chalcotropis gulosa (Simon 1902) Myrmecophagic Chalcotropis luceroi Barrion & Litsinger 1995 Myrmecophagic Cosmophasis estrellaensis Barrion & Litsinger 1995 Ordinary salticid Epeus hawigalboguttatus Barrion & Litsinger 1995 Ordinary salticid Harmochirus brachiatus (Thorell 1877) Ordinary salticid Heratemita alboplagiata (Simon 1899) Ordinary salticid Lagnus sp.
The ax refers to Epeus who, following Athena's instructions, built the Trojan horse (Simmiae Rhodii Ouum 416-17).