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κισσήρεις ὄχθαι, ivy-clad hills. Usually “ὄχθη” =a river-bank, “ὄχθος” =a hill: so Ph. 726Σπερχειοῦ...παρ᾽ ὄχθας”, and just afterwards (729) “Οἴτας ὑπὲρ ὄχθων”. But the distinction is not always observed; nor need we suspect our MSS.,

for the fact was noticed in antiquity (schol. on Aratus Phaenom. 33). Thus Pind. P. 1. 64ὄχθαις ὕπο Ταϋγέτου”: Eur. Suppl. 655Ἰσμήνιον πρὸς ὄχθον”.—The “κισσός” was to Dionysus what the “δάφνη” was to Apollo. The crowning with ivy (“κίσσωσις”) was a regular incident of his festivals: he was called “κισσεύς, κισσοκόμης, κισσοχαίτης”. Cp. Alciphron Epist. 2. 3 § 10 “μὰ τὸν Διόνυσον καὶ τοὺς Βακχικοὺς αὐτοῦ κισσούς”. F. 3. 767 “hedera est gratissima Baccho.


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