The Weight of Divinity

Homer, Iliad 5.837-9

“The goddess Athena climbed into the chariot next to godlike Diomedes in haste; the oak axle groaned greatly under the weight, for it carried both the terrible goddess and the noble man.”

ἣ δ᾽ ἐς δίφρον ἔβαινε παραὶ Διομήδεα δῖον

ἐμμεμαυῖα θεά: μέγα δ᾽ ἔβραχε φήγινος ἄξων

βριθοσύνῃ: δεινὴν γὰρ ἄγεν θεὸν ἄνδρά τ᾽ ἄριστον.

Vergil, Aeneid 6.412-13

“He accepted huge Aeneas into the hollow craft; the boat groaned under his weight.”

…simul accipit alveo

ingentem Aenean. gemuit sub pondere cumba

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