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[3] ἱκτηρίοις κλάδοισιν The suppliant carried a branch of olive or laurel (ἱκετηρία), round which were twined festoons of wool(στέφη, στέμματα, —which words can stand for the ἱκετηρία itself, below 913, Hom. Il. 1.14): Plut. Thes. 18ἦν δὲ [ἡ ἱκετηρία] κλάδος ἀπὸ τῆς ἱερᾶς ἐλαίας, ἐρίῳ λευκῷ κατεστεμμένος.” He laid his branch on the altar ( Eur. Her. 124βωμὸν καταστέψαντες”), and left it there, if unsuccessful in his petition (Eur. Supp. 259); if successful, he took it away (Eur. Supp. 359, below 143). ἱκτηρίοις κλάδοισιν ἐξεστεμμένοι= ἱκτηρίους κλάδους ἐξεστεμμένους ἔχοντες: Xen. Anab. 4.3.28διηγκυλωμένους τοὺς ἀκοντιστὰς καὶ ἐπιβεβλημένους τοὺς τοξότας,” “the javelin-throwers with javelins grasped by the thong(ἀγκύλη), and the archers with arrows fitted to the string.” So 18 ἐξεστεμμένον absol., = provided with στέφη (i.e. with ἱκετηρίαι: see last note). Triclinius supposes that the suppliants, besides carrying boughs, wore garlands(ἐστεφανωμένοι), and the priests may have done so: but ἐξεστεμμ. does not refer to this.

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