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τύμβον. If the Homeric usage was followed, when the flesh had been burned the bones would be washed with wine or oil, wrapped in fat, and placed in an urn (“λάρναξ”). The urn having been deposited in a grave (“κάπετος”), the “τύμβος” (or “σῆμα”) would be raised over it. Cp. Introd. to Homer, ch. 11. § 33.

ὀρθόκρανον, lit., with head erect, so=‘high’: cp. “ὑψικάρηνος, ὑψίλοφος” (of hills). From “κρα_ν” (“κρανίον”) we have also “βούκρα_νος, ταυρόκρα_νος.

οἰκείας, ‘native,’—a thing pleasing to the dead: so in O. C. 406 Oed. asks, “ καὶ κατασκιῶσι Θηβαίᾳ κόνει”; The father's prophecy for his sons was fulfilled: of their father-land they obtained “ὁπόσαν καὶ φθιμένοισιν κατέχειν” ( Aesch. Th. 731: cp. O. C. 789).

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    • Aeschylus, Seven Against Thebes, 731
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