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[16] χάνε δὲ χθών: this explanation was natural when the scene of the ascent or descent of Pluto was localised on a plain; so, according to the actual Eleusinian tradition, the chariot disappeared through the opening ground (fragment of a vase from Eleusis, Ath. Mitth. xxi. pl. 12; J. H. S. xxii. p. 3). In some traditions Pluto disappeared in a cave ( Ausc. Mir. 82). At Enna he ascends through a cave, and descends into the open ground, Diod.v. 3. 4.

εὐρυάγυια: in Homer of cities only. The epithet is less suitable to “χθών”. Gemoll compares “δίκα εὐρυάγυια” (Terpand. fr. 6), for a more general use.


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