Eutha kev o para stathmo aeikelion pathen algos . . . 'There by his own steading, the poet went on, 'would Odysseus have suffered foul hurt, had not the swineherd hurried out and scolded the dogs and pelted them off with stones. It would seem then, according to Homer, that this device of squatting upon the ground could not be trusted save as a diversion, a temporary check.