IRUS


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IRUS

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Irus

real name was Arnaeus; messenger of Penelope’s suitors. [Gk. Lit.: Odyssey]
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This man had no strength nor stay in him, but he was a great hulking fellow to look at; his real name, the one his mother gave him, was Arnaeus, but the young men of the place called him Irus, {148} because he used to run errands for any one who would send him.
Irus was very angry and answered, "You filthy glutton, you run on trippingly like an old fish-fag.
The stranger and Irus have quarreled and are going to fight, let us set them on to do so at once."
You must swear, however that none of you will give me a foul blow to favour Irus and secure him the victory."
The suitors were beyond measure astonished, and one would turn towards his neighbour saying, "The stranger has brought such a thigh out of his old rags that there will soon be nothing left of Irus."
Irus began to be very uneasy as he heard them, but the servants girded him by force, and brought him [into the open part of the court] in such a fright that his limbs were all of a tremble.
This frightened Irus still more, but they brought him into the middle of the court, and the two men raised their hands to fight.
After all, however, this fight between Irus and the stranger did not turn out as the suitors meant it to do, for the stranger got the best of it.
You seem to have lost your wits because you beat the tramp Irus; take care that a better man than he does not come and cudgel you about the head till he pack you bleeding out of the house."
You seem to have lost your wits because you beat the tramp Irus." With this he caught hold of a footstool, but Ulysses sought protection at the knees of Amphinomus of Dulichium, for he was afraid.