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χρυσοῦ καναχῆς ὑπεροπλίαις, ‘in the haughty pride of clanging gold.’ “ὑπεροπλίαις” seems a certain correction of “ὑπεροπτίας” (see cr. n.), and has justly won its way with recent edd. The word is fitting, since “ὑπεροπλία” is prop. ‘overweening confidence in arms’; and Soph. has used the epic plur. with the epic “ι_”, Il. 1.205ᾗς ὑπεροπλίῃσι”: so too Theocr. 25. 138σθένεϊ ἠδ᾽ ὑπεροπλίῃ Φαέθων

μέγας”. In post-Homeric poetry “ὑπέροπλος” is a freq. epith. of overweening strength (“ἠνορέη, βίη, ἥβη”, etc.).—Other readings are:—(1) “χρυσοῦ καναχῇ θ᾽ ὑπερόπτας”, ‘and haughty in the clang of gold.’ This involves an improbable change; the subst. “ὑπερόπτης”, too, is unsuitable here, and cannot be defended by Theocr. 22. 58πρὸς πάντα παλίγκοτος ἠδ᾽ ὑπερόπτης”. Wecklein, reading “ὑπερόπτας”, keeps “καναχῆς” in the sense, hoffärtig auf: but a genit. after “ὑπερόπτης” could not denote that in which one takes pride. (2) “χρυσοῦ καναχῆς ὑπερόπτης”, or “-όπτα”, i.e., ‘Zeus, a despiser of the clang of gold.’ (3) “χρυσοῦ καναχῆς ὑπέροπτα”, adv. neut. plur. (as O. T. 883), ‘advancing haughtily in a great stream of clanging gold.’ But the adv. comes weakly at the end, and “χρυσοῦ κ”. is harshly joined with “π. ῥεύματι”.—Aesch. , too, gives prominence to gold in picturing the Argive chiefs: Capaneus has golden letters on his shield ( Aesch. Th. 434), Polyneices has the image of a warrior in golden armour, with a golden legend (644, Aesch. Th. 660).

καναχῆς, of metal, as Il. 16.105πήληξ βαλλομένη καναχὴν ἔχε”.


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    • Aeschylus, Seven Against Thebes, 434
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    • Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus, 883
    • Homer, Iliad, 16.105
    • Homer, Iliad, 1.205
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