μηδὲν πρόσθεν, sc. “ποιῶμεν”: cp. Ant. 497 n. τὰ Λοξίου, his commands, v. 51. ἀρχηγετεῖν (a verb which occurs only here), not merely=“ἄρχεσθαι”, but rather ‘to make an auspicious beginning’ (Lat. auspicari), as “ἀρχηγέτης” denoted the god or hero to whom a city or family traced its origin (O.C. 60 n.). This title was given especially to Apollo: “Φοῖβος γὰρ ἀεὶ πολίεσσι φιληδεῖ ι κτιζομένῃς” (Callim. Hym. Apoll. 54) . The Chalcidians of Euboea, when they founded Naxos in Sicily, placed an altar of Apollo “Ἀρχηγέτης” before the city ( Thuc. 6. 3: cp. Appian Bell. Civ. 5. 109). Pindar speaks of “ὁ...ἀρχαγέτας”:..“Ἀπόλλων” in connection with the founding of Cyrene by Battus.
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