ἴδῃς: for the non-emphatic word thus placed, and followed by a pause, cp. 332 “ἡμῖν”, n. χρυσόνωτον ἡνίαν. Cp. O. C. 693“χρυσάνιος Ἀφροδίτα” (n.). ‘Golden’ is similarly an Homeric epithet, not only of reins, but of shoes ( Il. 24. 340“πέδιλα..χρύσεια”), a belt ( Od. 11. 610“χρύσεος..τελαμών”), and a girdle ( Od. 5. 231). Helbig (Das hom. Epos, p. 86) supposes that overlaying with gold-leaf is denoted in all these cases. Achilles Tatius (1. 14) refers to “φαλάροις ἀργυροῖς, χρυσαῖς ἡνίαις”, as parts of a luxurious equipment. The epithet in Anth. Pal. 7. 219, “οὐκέτι χρυσοχάλινον ὁρᾷ δρόμον ἠελίοιο”, refers to the bit or bridle, not to the reins.
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