That word hath reached
's sentinels.They beaconed back, then onward with a highHeap of dead heather flaming to the sky.And onward still, not failing nor aswoon,Across the Asôpus like a beaming moonThe great word leapt, and on
's heightUproused a new relay of racing light.His watchers knew the wandering flame, nor hidTheir welcome, burning higher than was bid.Out over Lake Gorgôpis then it floats,To
, waking the wild goats,Crying for "Fire, more Fire!" And fire was reared,Stintless and high, a stormy streaming beard,That waved in flame beyond the promontoryRock-ridged, that watches the Saronian sea,Kindling the night: then one short swoop to catchThe
, our city's tower of watch;Whence hither to the Atreidae's roof it came,A light true-fathered of Idaean flame.Torch-bearer after torch-bearer, beholdThe tale thereof in stations manifold,Each one by each made perfect ere it passed,And Victory in the first as in the last.These be my proofs and tokens that my lordFrom Troy hath spoke to me a burning word.From Agamemnon we may identify the optical signal that has been sent from
Mount Ida at 1766 m
, the Lemnian Rock (430m), mount Athos (2033m), Makistos (Mount Oirfis, 1743m),mount Messapion near Thebe, Kithairon 's height (1400m), Aigiplanctos (mount Gerania (1351m)to the “Spider's Crag
” (Mt. Arachnaio, 1139 m) which is the watchtower of the ancient city of Mycenae, near Port Argos, where in previous decades the amber trading vessel had been built.
4A crag is a steep rugged mass of rock projecting upward or outward. Of course mount “Arachne” may have lookedlike a “spider”.