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πτανοῖς is a purely poetical image for speed, while the Homeric “πτερόεντες ὀϊστοί” more readily suggests the actual feathers on the arrow ( Tr. 567κομήτην ἰόν”: Aesch. fr. 135 “μηχανὴν πτερώματος”: Eur. Or. 274τόξων πτερωτὰς γλυφίδας”).

ἰοῖς (restored by Brunck) was evidently lost through the likeness of ending in “πτανοῖς”. Then the gap was filled by inserting “πτανῶν” (to agree with “τόξων”), and “πτανοῖς” was explained as, ‘with birds’ ( Ai. 168πτηνῶν ἀγέλαι”).

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    • Euripides, Orestes, 274
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