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τὸν βαθύρρουνΕὔηνον. The Evenus (Fidhari) rises on the high western slopes of Oeta; in its lower course, it passes through Aetolia, and enters the Corinthian Gulf at a point about 12 miles w. of Antirrhion. Calydon was on its w. bank; Pleuron, some 10 or 12 miles to the w. It is ‘one of the fiercest and most treacherous torrents in Greece’ (Tozer, Geo. of Greece, p. 96). Cp. Ov. Met. 9. 104Venerat Eveni rapidas Iove natus ad undas.” The older name of the river, “Λυκόρμας” (Strabo7. 327), expressed the ‘wolf-like’ rush of its waters.

The association of Nessus with the Evenus well illustrates the significance of the Centaur as a personification of a ravaging torrent. (Cp. Mr Sidney Colvin in Journ. of Hellen. Stud. vol. I. p. 160: also Mure, Tour in Greece, I. 170.) In Ov. Met.2. 638 a daughter of the Centaur Cheiron is called Ocyroe (“Ὠκυρόη”), because born “Fluminis in rapidi ripis.’

ποταμὸνβροτοὺς᾿πόρευε: for the double acc., cp. Eur. Alc.442γυναῖκ᾽ ἀρίσταν” | “λίμναν Ἀχεροντίαν πορεύσας ἐλάτᾳ δικώπῳ”. Here the second acc. denotes the space traversed; it would more usually denote the place to which, as in Eur. Tro.1085ἐμὲ...σκάφος” | ...“πορεύσει” | ...“Ἄργος”.—For the prodelision of the augment in ᾿πόρευε, cp. Soph. O. C.1602ταχεῖ ᾿πόρευσαν”: Soph. Ph.360ἐπεὶ ᾿δάκρυσα.—μισ-θοῦ: acc. to Apollodorus (2. 7. 6) Nessus pretended divine authority for levying this toll,—“λέγων παρὰ θεῶν τὴν πορθμείαν εἰληφέναι διὰ δικαιοσύνην.—πομπίμοις”: cp. I. A. 1319 “ναῶν”... | ...“ἐλάταν πομπαίαν.—οὔτε λαίφεσιν νεώς” might be an instrum. dat. construed directly with “᾿πόρευε”: but it is perhaps truer to say that the notion of “πέμπων” is evolved from the preceding clause. Cp. 512 (“τινάσσων”).


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