Νεοπτόλεμε, four syllables, the voice gliding so rapidly over the first “ε” that, with “ο”, it gives the effect of only one syllable. So in 241, and Eur. Andr. 14, Eur. Tro. 1126.But the name is a word of five syllables in Eur. Or. 1655“Νεοπτόλεμος γαμεῖν νιν, οὐ γαμεῖ ποτε”. Elmsley thought that verse corrupt; the same variation occurs, however, in “Θεοκλύμενος”, which is of four syllables in Helen. 9, but of five ib. 1168 and 1643. τὸν Μηλιᾶ, belonging to Malis (‘the sheepcountry,’ from “μῆλον”, as the neighbouring Mount Oeta takes its name from “οἶς”),—a district almost enclosed by hills, at the head (i.e., west) of the “Μαλιακὸς κόλπος”. That bay forms a deep recess in the south coast of Thessaly, just opposite the N.W. end of Euboea. Cp. n. on 490. The Iliad (2. 682) includes this region in the domain of Achilles, and assigns Philoctetes to the more northerly region of Thessaly, afterwards called Magnesia: see Introduction.—Her. , consistently Ionic, has, “ἡ Μηλὶς γῆ, ἡ Τρηχινίη”: Attic writers always have “Τραχίς”: but Thuc. and Xen. say “οἱ Μηλιεῖς”, while Aeschines, like later writers, has “οἱ Μαλιεῖς”. Cp. 725 “Μηλιάδων νυμφᾶν”.
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