For the connexion of the Charites with Aphrodite see n. on h. Aphr. 61, and for the Horae n. on vi. 5. With the line cf. Panyas. ap. Athen. ii. 38 “Χάριτές τ᾽ ἔλαχον καὶ ἐΰφρονες Ὧραι”; Plat. Symp. vii. 5(dance of Charites, Horae, and Nymphs). For the conjunction of Charites and Muses cf. Theog. 64 f., Sappho fr. 22 “δεῦτέ νυν, ἄβραι Χάριτες καλλίκομοί τε Μοῦσαι”. The Charites are associated with Apollo in literature ( Pind. Ol.14. 10) and art ( Paus.ix. 35. 1, of the Delian Apollo).196=Il. 18.594. 197-199. Artemis is “divinely tall and most divinely fair” beyond the other goddesses. Cf. Od. 6.107 f., where she is conspicuous among her attendant nymphs. In xxvii. 15 f. Artemis leads the Muses and Charites in the dance. μεταμέλπεται: not loosely used of dancing only; the goddess sang as she danced, according to the regular practice; cf. Il. 16.182 “ μελπομένῃσιν ἐν χορῷ Ἀρτέμιδος”. So the Phaeacian girls sang as they played ball, Od. 6.100 f.
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