We never hear again of Thersites, or of any one of the commonalty, daring to open his mouth in an assembly.
Thersites' mood has past, and now for benevolence and friendship.
The chief exception (Thersites) is described in a way which only proves the rule.
At sight of him, Homer's Thersites came to the mind of Petronius.
Thersites, the insolent brawler and demagogue, attempting to ridicule his grief, was in consequence slain by the hero.
All this about Thersites is really "saga" stuff,—invented about the date of the Aethiopis.
Such a king would truly have been, as Mr. Thackeray observed, "an Ajax girded at by a Thersites."
It is the very vice which Homer attacks in the odious character of Thersites.
Suppose, he says, one to think himself to be the same soul that once was Nestor or Thersites.
Achilles or Thersites; sometimes a hero, at others a villain.