Fortunatus fuisti, O adulescens, quod Homerum laudatorem tuae virtutis invenisti." Et vere! Nam, sine Iliade illa, idem tumulus et corpus eius et nomen obruere potuit. "<br /><br />"You were fortunate, O youth, because you found Homer, the praiser of your virtue." And truly! For, without the Iliad, the same tomb could bury both his body and name.<br /><br />I believe this is referring to how Homer preserved the deeds of Achilles through literature.
flebile nescio quid queritur lyra, flebile lingua murmurat exanimis, respondent flebile ripae