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ἱερὰ sc.ὄντα”, sacred as the bow is: because it had been given by Apollo to Heracles, himself now a god (728). Cp. 198τὰ θεῶν ἀμάχητα βέλη”: 657.— τοῦ Ζηνὸς Ἡρακλέους, gen. of “ Ζηνὸς Ἡρακλῆς”, the bow, once, of Heracles son of Zeus. I do not take ἱερὰ with this gen., because, though the bow may fitly be called ‘sacred,’ it cannot be called ‘sacred to Heracles’ without straining the natural sense of “ἱερός τινος”. Rather τοῦ Ζ. Ἡρ. is an indignant development of “ἱερά”:—‘he has stolen my bow,—a sacred one,—the bow of Heracles.’—For τοῦ Ζ. Ἡρακλ., cp. O. C. 623χὡ Διὸς Φοῖβος”, Ai. 172ταυροπόλα Διὸς Ἄρτεμις” (without art.).


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