χῶρον ... διεμέτρεον, cf. l. 344, which means, ‘and they [the combatants] stood near each other in the measured space.’ It is suggested in the scholia that certain bounds were determined for the contestants, retreat beyond which was an acknowledgment of defeat. These limits may well have served also to keep the spectators from crowding in. How far the contestants were separated at the beginning of the struggle, the reader is not told.
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