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ἰλλομένων ἀρότρων, as the ploughs go backwards and forwards,— turning at the end of one furrow, and going down the next. Cp. Nicander Ther. 478φεῦγε δ᾽ ἀεὶ σκολιήν τε καὶ οὐ μίαν ἀτραπὸν ἴλλων”, ‘in flying (from the snake), always make your course wind (“ἴλλων”) from side to side, instead of keeping it straight.’ Xen. Cyn. 6. 15κύνες ἐξίλλουσαι τὰ ἴχνη”, ‘puzzling out the tracks,’ i.e. going backwards and forwards till they have found a clue. As to the spelling “ἴλλω υερσυς εἴλλω”, see Appendix. It is needless to write ἀρότων, ‘ploughingseasons’ (Tr. 825), and to take “ἰλλομένων” as=“περιτελλομένων”. The picture of the ploughs at work is more vivid; and, with “ἀρότων, ἔτος εἰς ἔτος” would be feebly redundant.

ἔτος εἰς ἔτος, an adverbial phrase, like ‘year in, year out’: for the use of the simple acc. in temporal adverbs (like “ἀωρίαν”) see O. T. 1138 n.; for εἰς, Od. 9.134μάλα κεν βαθὺ λήϊον αἰεὶ εἰς ὥρας ἀμῷεν” (‘as each year comes round’): Theocr. 18. 15κἠς ἔτος ἐξ ἔτεος”: so “εἰς νέωτα” (next year), and the Gk “μοδ. χρόνο σὲ” (=“εἰς”) “χρόνο”, ‘year after year.’

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    • Homer, Odyssey, 9.134
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    • Sophocles, Trachiniae, 825
    • Xenophon, On Hunting, 6.15
    • Theocritus, Idylls, 18
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