ἱπποδέτην ῥυτῆρα, a leathern strap or thong, belonging to the harness of a horse,—such as the reins of a bridle ( O. C. 900“σπεύδειν ἀπὸ ῥυτῆρος”), or driving-reins ( Il. 16. 475, where see Leaf). Hesiod Scut. 308 “ῥυτὰ χαλαίνοντες”, ‘slackening the reins.’ Ajax makes a “διπλῆ μάστιξ”, a whip with two thongs, by doubling the strap. Cp. Aeschin. or. 2 § 157 “λαβὼν ῥυτῆρα μαστιγοίην αἰχμάλωτον”.
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