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ἀμφίπολος and ἄναυδος, both epithets of “Κύπρις”, are to be taken closely together,—‘ministering in silence,’—viz., to the purposes of the gods,—not to the desire of Heracles. Some regard α as a pron., with which “Κύπρις” is in apposition, (‘but she,’ etc.,) like Ph.371 δ᾽ εἶπ᾽ Ὀδυσσεύς” (n.): but it is simpler to take it as an ordinary article. For the order of words, cp. O. T.1199τὰν γαμψώνυχα παρθένον χρησμῳδόν” (n.).

The ‘silence’ of Aphroditè means that the passion of Heracles had not been avowed as his motive for the war (cp. 358). She has been revealed as the φανερὰ πράκτωρ, because that motive has now been disclosed as supreme. For “πράκτωρ” fem., cp. O. T.81 n.

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