μολεῖν: infin. for imperat.: cp. n. on 150 ff. καθαρσίῳ: Dionysus was often invested with the attributes of the Purifier and Healer, as “καθάρσιος, ἀλεξίκακος, ἀκέσιος”, etc. Cp. Athen. 22 E, and 36—37. This was one aspect of the Delphian cult which associated him with Apollo. κλιτύν ¯˘, as Tr. 271: but ¯¯, Od. 5.470 “ἐς κλιτὺν ἀναβάς”. Here, the last syll. of the verse being common, “υ^ν” stands for “υ_ν.” πορθμόν, the Euripus, between Euboea and Boeotia. At Chalcis (Egripo) it is only 40 yards across. στονόεντα refers to the noise of wind and water in the strait, with its constantly changing currents. Strabo 9. 403 “περὶ δὲ τῆς παλιρροίας τοῦ Εὐρίπου τοσοῦτον μονον εἰπεῖν ἱκανόν, ὅτι ἑπτάκις μεταβάλλειν φασὶ καθ᾽ ἡμέραν ἑκάστην καὶ νύκτα”. Livy (28. 6) explains this by the squalls from the hills. Cp. Lucan's description of the Euripus, 5. 234, Arctatus rapido fervet qua gurgite pontus.
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