στ. χθονός, possessive gen. with “πεδίων.” στερνούχου, having “στέρνα”: an expressive word for the expanse of the Attic “πεδίον”, varied by gentle undulations, or by rocky knolls like Colonus itself. Suidas quotes a poet. phrase “στέρνα γῆς”: cp. the common use of “μαστοί” for round hills or knolls. Hes. Theog. 117 “Γαἶ εὐρύστερνος”:
. Both “στέρνα” and “νῶτα” were applied, says the schol., to “τῆς γῆς τὰ πεδιώδη καὶ εὐρέα”. The epithet helps, with “ὠκυτόκος”, to suggest the image of a mighty living frame, quickened by the veins of irrigation. Μουσᾶν. Paus. 1.30.2 (in the Academy, cp. on 55) “ἔστι δε καὶ Μουσῶν τε βωμὸς καὶ ἕτερος Ἑρμοῦ καὶ ἔνδον Ἀθηνᾶς”.