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νιν refers to “χθονός” in 691: this region generally.

οὐδ᾽ . The οὐδ᾽ αὖ of L is somewhat prosaic, and implies a contrast between the deities which is unfitting here.

Ἀφροδίτη is not among the divinities of the Academy or Colonus in Paus. 1. 30, though there was an altar of “Ἔρως” in front of the entrance to the Academy. But she was often associated with Demeter and Cora (cp. Paus. 3.19.4, and Baumeister Denkmäler p. 419); and she was also specially connected by an Attic legend with the Cephisus (Eur. Med. 835).

χρυσάνιος, when she drives her chariot drawn by sparrows (Sappho fr. 1. 10), doves, or swans. The word occurs only once in Il. (6. 205), as epith. of Artemis, and once in Od. (8. 285), as epith. of Ares. Paus. 9.23.4 (speaking of a lost hymn by Pindar to Persephone) “ἄλλαι τε ἐς τὸν Ἅιδην εἰσὶν ἐπικλήσεις καὶ χρυσήνιος, δῆλα ὡς ἐπὶ τῆς Κόρης τῇ ἁρπαγῇ”. So, here, the epith. suggests a visit of the goddess from above.

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