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We require u - instead of the MS. κατ᾽. Bothe gets this by supposing non-elision of “κατὰ” before “ἀμπυκτήρια”. This, though rare, is possible: cp. Ai. 425χθονὸς μολόντ᾽ ἀπὸ Ἑλλανίδος”: Tr. 510Βακχίας ἄπο ἦλθε”. But I cannot believe κατὰ ἀμπυκτήρια to be Greek, as meaning either (1) “"according to the full speed given by the headgear,"i.e. by shaking the reins,—Paley: or (2) “"in the direction of the bridles,"”— i.e."every horseman gives his steed its head,"” Campbell. Instead of κατ᾽, Hermann gives χαλῶς᾿: Schneidewin proposed καθεῖσ᾽ (cp. Eur. Bacch. 695καθεῖσαν εἰς ὤμους κόμας”). This, if it had become “κατεῖς᾿”, might easily have shrunk to the MS. κατ᾽, through the rest of the word being taken for “εἰς”.

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