ἐπὶ ἦρα φέροντα see Merry's note on Hom. Od. 3.164 “αὖτις ἐπ᾽ Ἀτρείδῃ Ἀγαμέμνονι ἦρα φέροντες”. ἦρα was probably acc. sing. from a nom. ἦρ, from root ἀρ （to fit）, as = “pleasant service. ” After the phrase ἦρα φέρειν had arisen, ἐπὶ was joined adverbially with φέρειν, ἐπὶ ἦρα φέρειν being equivalent to ἦρα ἐπιφέρειν. Aristarchus, who according to Herodian first wrote ἐπίηρα, must have supposed an impossible tmesis of a compound adj. in the passage of the Od. just quoted, also in Hom. Od. 16.375, Hom. Od. 18.56.τοῖς ἐμοῖς τυρ. i.e. to Oedipus: for the plur., see on θανάτων, 497.
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