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ντταί 824.

712. Ίαωλκόν : famed as the chief seat of the Thessalian Minyae (see
on 511), the capital of King Pelias, and the native city of Jason, the
leader of the Argonautic expedition.

714. -ύιτ* Άδμήτω : const, with τίκε, cf 728, 742, 820. — For the repe-
tition of the name, cf 636, 655, 691.

715. "Αλκησ-τι?: her devotion to her husband, which led her to die
for him, became proverbial. This death is the theme of the Alcestis of
Euripides.

716-728. The forces of Philoctetes.

718. των U: antecedent of ot δβ 716. When the relative clause pre-
cedes, the apodosis often has Se, as here. — τόξων iv €ΐδώ5 : as 720 and
freq., οΓδα am skilled in is followed by the genitive.

719. IpcTai : the warriors were the oarsmen.

720. €μβ€βααΓαν : had embarked; see on 351, .509. The preposition is re-
peated in Iv ίκάστΎ). — ΐφι μάχ€σθαι: infinitive of result, so as to (so that
they could) fight, etc. See on A 8.

722. Αήμνφ : the Achaeanii^ landed at Lemnos on their voyage to Troy
and received hospitality from King Euneiis. They sent slaves thither



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for sale, and received wine thence. — The repetition of the preposition
gives to iv Αημνω some independence from iv νήσω.

723. (>λοόψρονο$ ύ'δρου: construe with Ιλκεϊ, ablatival genitive, /rom
the cruel water-S7iake. See on 396. The wound not only disabled Philoc-
tetes but rendered his presence odious to his comrades.

724. τάχα 8c κτλ. : the Catalogue contains several such references to
events which do not fall within the time of the action of the Iliad, cf.
690 ff., 699 fE. — A prophet declared that Troy could be taken only with
the help of the arrows of Heracles that Philoctetes had in his possession.
Ace. to Sophocles in his tragedy Philoctetes, the hero was brought from
Lemnos to Troy by Odysseus and Neoptolemus (son of Achilles). No
other allusion to this story is found in the Homeric poems. Philoctetes
reached home in safety at the close of the war. See § 9 a.

725. Άργ€ΐοι Ίταρά νηυσί : parenthetical, in a kind of apposition with
the subject of c/tAcAAov. — Φιλοκτήταο : construe with μνήσεσθαι.

726 = 703.

727. Όιληο? : father of the lesser Ajax, 527.

728. pd : points back to the preceding verse, cf. 650, 742.
729-733. Forces of the Asclepiads.

729. Τρίκκην κτλ. : cities in Western Thessaly, in Hestiaeotis. At
Tricca was one of the oldest sanctuaries of Asclepius, and the home of
the king. — κλωμακόίσσ-αν : it lay on the steep slopes of Mt. Pindus.

731. Άσ-κληΐΓϊοΰ : better written as Άσκλί/ττιόο. See on 518.

734-737. Forces of Eurypylus.

735. XevKd κάρηνα: gleaming heights, lit. white heads; cf 739. See on
117.

738-747. The forces of Polypoetes.

738 f . "Αργισσ-αν κτλ. : cities of the Lapithae (see on A 263), in the
western part of what was Perrhaebia in later times.

739. Όλοο



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