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ὡς ἐγὼ κλύω: implying the possibility of other accounts. Aeschylus does not define the offence which had angered Artemis ( Ag. 132). According to Euripides, Agamemnon had rashly vowed that he would sacrifice to her the fairest creature that the year should bring forth (I.T. 20).

θεᾶςκατ᾽ ἄλσος, a sacred precinct near the temple of Artemis at Aulis, mentioned in Eur. I.A. 1544, “Ἀρτέμιδος ἄλσος λείμακάς τ᾽ ἀνθεσφόρους”, and called “πολύθυτον”, ib. 185. At many places on the eastern coasts of Greece Artemis was worshipped, esp. as “λιμενοσκόπος” (see on Soph. Tr. 637).

παίζων, ‘amusing himself,’ ‘taking his pleasure.’ The allusion is to the pursuit of game, though “παίζω” had no definitely technical sense like that of our word ‘sport.’ We find the verb associated with hunting in Od. 6. 104 ff. (Artemis) “τερπομένη κάπροισι καὶ ὠκείῃς ἐλάφοισι:” | “τῇ δέ θ᾽ ἅμα νύμφαι, κοῦραι Διὸς αἰγιόχοιο”, | “ἀγρονόμοι παίζουσι”. Dindorf quotes Plut. Alex. 23πολλάκις δὲ παίζων καὶ ἀλώπεκας ἐθήρευε καὶ ὄρνιθας”. Tzetzes, in telling the story, says, “ἐξελθὼν ἐπὶ κυνηγέσιον” (on Lycophr. 183).

ποδοῖν: i.e., by the sound of his feet; not by their touch.

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    • Aeschylus, Agamemnon, 132
    • Euripides, Iphigeneia in Aulis, 1544
    • Homer, Odyssey, 6.104
    • Sophocles, Trachiniae, 637
    • Plutarch, Alexander, 23
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