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ἐν δὲ, tmesis, as in Ant. 420ἐν δ᾽ ἐμεστώθη.

κροτητῶν is usually explained, and perhaps rightly, as ‘rattling’ (or more strictly, ‘rattled’ along by the horses): cp. Il. 15. 453(“ἵπποι”) “κείν᾽ ὄχεα κροτέοντες”: 11. 160 “κείν᾽ ὄχεα κροτάλιζον”. Sophocles has used “κροτητὸς” with ref. to sound in fr. 220 “κροτητὰ πηκτίδων μέλη”, ‘songs resounding from the harp,’ under the touch of the plectrum. Ar. Eq. 552χαλκοκρότων ἵππων κτύπος”.

I formerly took “κροτητῶν” as=‘welded,’ ‘hammered,’ with ref. to the metal-work of the chariots: cp. Il. 23. 503ἅρματα δὲ χρυσῷ πεπυκασμένα κασσιτέρῳ τε”: 10. 438 “ἅρμα δέ οἱ χρυσῷ τε καὶ ἀργύρῳ εὖ ἤσκηται”: 4. 226 “ἅρματα ποικίλα χαλκῷ”. (Cp. Helbig, H. E. p. 90.) For this sense of “κροτεῖν”, cp. Pind. fr. 194 “κεκρότηται χρυσέα κρηπὶς...ἀοιδαῖς”.

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