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Poseidon has taught men to row as well as to ride. He fits the oars to their hands. But, instead of “τὰν δὲ πλάταν χερσὶ παράψας”, the form is varied to a passive constr. If παραπτομένα is sound, this seems the best account of it,—“παρά”, “"at the side,"” suggesting the notion, “"as an aid."” (If from “παραπέτομαι”, it could be only aor., which the sense excludes.) Conjecture might proceed on either of two views:—(a) that in the strophic v. 704 the correction αἰὲν is true, so that “παραπτομένα” is metrically sound: (b) that in 704 the MS. εἰσαιὲν is true, so that here we require u--uu-. On the latter view I would suggest that προσαρμοζομένα is suitable, and on this “παραπτομένα” may have been a gloss; cp. Eur. I. T. 1405 (“χέρας”) “κώπῃ προσαρμόσαντες”.

εὐήρετμος, adj. compounded with a noun cognate in sense to the subst. (πλάτα): cp. “βίος μακραίων” (O. T. 518 n.), “λογος κακόθρους” (Ai. 138), “εὔπαις γόνος” (Eur. I. T. 1234), “εὐπήχεις χεῖρες” (Hipp. 200).

ἔκπαγλα, neut. plur. as adv., cp. 319.

ἁλία with θρῴσκει: cp. on 119ἐκτόπιος”.

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