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τὸν Οἴτης Ζηνὸςπάγον; cp. Ph.489τὰ Χαλκώδοντος Εὐβοίας σταθμά”. The change of ὕψιστον to ὑψίστου is a plausible one. Pausanias mentions statues of “Ζεὺς Ὕψιστος” at Corinth (2. 2. 8), Olympia (5. 15. 5), and Thebes (9. 8. 5); the title occurs, too, in an Attic inscr. (C. I. G. 497—506), and was frequent in poetry. I prefer, however, to keep the reading of the MSS., because, here, we seem to need an epithet for “πάγον” rather than for the god. Cp. 436τοῦ κατ᾽ ἄκρον Οἰταῖον νάπος” | “Διὸς καταστράπτοντος”.

The place traditionally known as the ‘Pyre’ was probably somewhere near ‘the proper summit of Oeta’ (Leake, Northern Greece, vol. II. pp. 19 f.), now Mount Patriótiko, about eight miles W.N.W. of Trachis. A Pyra is marked in Kiepert's Atlas von Hellas (ed. 1872, map 5), where the greatest height of Oeta is given as 2152 mètres, or about 7055 ft. It is mentioned by Theophr. Hist. Plant. 9. 10. 2 (“τῆς Οἵτης ἀμφὶ τὴν Πυράν”): cp. Liv.36. 30, and Soph. Ph.1432.


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