ἧος ὃ ταῦθ᾽ ὥρμαινε κατὰ φρένα καὶ κατὰ θυμόν ,
ἕλκετο δ᾽ ἐκ κολεοῖο μέγα ξίφος , ἦλθε δ᾽ Ἀθήνη
οὐρανόθεν : πρὸ γὰρ ἧκε θεὰ λευκώλενος Ἥρη
ἄμφω ὁμῶς θυμῷ φιλέουσά τε κηδομένη τε :
στῆ δ᾽ ὄπιθεν , ξανθῆς δὲ κόμης ἕλε Πηλεΐωνα
οἴῳ φαινομένη : τῶν δ᾽ ἄλλων οὔ τις ὁρᾶτο :
θάμβησεν δ᾽ Ἀχιλεύς , μετὰ δ᾽ ἐτράπετ᾽ , αὐτίκα δ᾽ ἔγνω
Παλλάδ᾽ Ἀθηναίην : δεινὼ δέ οἱ ὄσσε φάανθεν :
While he pondered this in mind and heart , and was drawing from its sheath his great sword , Athene came from heaven . The white-armed goddess Hera had sent her forth , for in her heart she loved and cared for both men alike . She stood behind him , and seized the son of Peleus by his fair hair , appearing to him alone . No one of the others saw her . Achilles was seized with wonder , and turned around , and immediately recognized Pallas Athene . Terribly her eyes shone .
Now as he weighed in mind and spirit these two courses and was drawing from its scabbard the great sword , Athene descended from the sky . For Hera the goddess of the white arms sent her , who loved both men equally in her heart and cared for them . The goddess standing behind Peleus ' son caught him by the fair hair , appearing to him only , for no man of the others saw her . Achilleus in amazement turned about , and straightway knew Pallas Athene and the terrible eyes shining .