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[480] τὰ μεσόμφαλα γᾶς μαντεῖα = τὰ ἀπὸ μέσου ὀμφαλοῦ γᾶς: Soph. El. 1386δωμάτων ὑπόστεγοι” = ὑπὸ στέγῃ δωμάτων: Eur. Phoen. 1351λευκοπήχεις κτύπους χεροῖν.” The ὀμφαλός in the Delphian temple (Aesch. Eum. 40), a large white stone in the form of a half globe, was held to mark the spot at which the eagles from east and west had met: hence Pindar calls Delphi itself μέγαν ὀμφαλὸν εὐρυκόλπου ... χθονόςPind. N. 7.33): Liv. 38.48 Delphos, umbilicum orbis terrarum.

ἀπονοσφίζων trying to put away (from himself): the midd. (cp. 691) would be more usual, but poetry admits the active: 894 ψυχᾶς ἀμύνειν: Eur. Orest. 294ἀνακάλυπτε ... κάρα”: Pind. P. 4.106κομίζων” = κομιζόμενος (seeking to recover): Soph. OC 6φέροντα” = φερόμενον. In Soph. Phil. 979ἀπονοσφίζειν τινά τινος”= to rob one of a thing: but here we cannot render “frustrating.”

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