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[114] The line is interesting as being, in all probability, one of the rare passages in the hymns to which ancient authors refer. It seems to prove that Aristophanes knew the hymn; cf. Av.575 above. The schol. Rav. remarks “ὅτι ψεύδεται παίζων: οὐ γὰρ ἐπὶ Ἴριδος ἀλλ᾽ ἐπὶ Ἀθηνᾶς καὶ Ἥρας: αἳ δὲ βάτην τρήρωσι πελειάσι ἴθμαθ᾽ ὁμοῖαι” (Il. 5.778, the origin of this line). The schol. Ven. , however, notes “οἱ δὲ ἐν ἑτέροις ποιήμασιν Ὁμήρου φασὶ τοῦτο γενέσθαἱ εἰσὶ γὰρ καὶ ὕμνοι”. The probability that the latter scholiast is right is much strengthened by Eq.1015διὰ τριπόδων ἐριτίμων”, which seems to be a quotation from 443 infra.

ἴθμαθ̓: verbal subst., “goings.”


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