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λαμπτῆρες. These were braziers, raised on stands, in which pine-wood was burned, at once for light and for heat ( Od. 19. 64φόως ἐμὲν ἠδὲ θέρεσθαι”). Od. 18. 307αὐτίκα λαμπτῆρας τρεῖς ἵστασαν ἐν μεγάροισιν”, | “ὄφρα φαείνοιεν: περὶ δὲ ξύλα κάγκανα θῆκαν”, | .. “καὶ δαΐδας μετέμισγον”. As Helbig remarks (Das Hom. Epos p. 78), the smoke thus caused explains why the Homeric “μέγαρον” is sometimes called “αἰθαλόεν” ( Il. 2. 414, Od. 22. 239).

For this mode of indicating the time, cp. Her. 7. 215περὶ λύχνων ἁφάς”: Propert. 3. 8. 1ad extremas..lucernas”: Aul. Gellius 3. 2post primam facem.

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