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οὓς refers to “Ἑλλάνων”, not to “ἄνδρες”. If the acc. be right, καθαίρων here=‘ridding of pests.’ In this sense, the verb is properly said of places (1061 “γαῖαν καθαίρων”): but the bolder use here seems possible, and is not excluded by “ἐν πόντῳ”, since the thought is of the gain to seafarers. <*> I hesitate, then, to receive the tempting οἷς (‘for whose good’).

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