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λευκῆς χιόνος πτ., ‘a wing white as snow’ (the white shield, see on 106); genitive of quality (or material), equiv. to an epithet: cp. O. T. 533τόλμης πρόσωπον” (a bold front): El. 19ἄστρων εὐφρόνη” (starry night): Eur. Phoen. 1491στολίδα...τρυφᾶς” (a luxurious robe): ib. 1526γάλακτος...μαστοῖς” (milky breasts).

στεγανός, pass. here, ‘covered’; but act. in Aesch. Ag. 358στεγανὸν δίκτυον”: cp. Xen. Cyr. 7.1.33αἱ ἀσπίδες...στεγάζουσι τὰ σώματα.

ὅπλωνκορύθεσσι. The image of the eagle with white wings, which suited the Argive descent on Thebes, here passes into direct description of an invader who comes with many “ὅπλα” and “κόρυθες”,—the shield, spear, and helmet of heavy-armed troops. For the dat. in “-εσσιcp. 976χείρεσσι. ἱπποκόμοις”, ‘with horse-hair crest’ ( Il. 13.132. κόρυθες”). For ξύν denoting what one wears or carries, cp. O. T. 207, O. C. 1258, Ai. 30πηδῶντα πεδία ξὺν νεορράντῳ ξίφει”. There is no real difference here between μετά and ξύν: Donaldson refines too much in suggesting that “μετά” means merely ‘by their sides,’ while “ξύν” ‘denotes a closer union’ (i.e. ‘on their heads’).


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