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[393] Κρ̂ητες ἀΠὸ Κνωσοῦ: the writer expressly localises the original home of the cult of Apollo “δελφίνιος” in Crete. There was a temple of the god at Cnossus (C. I. G. ii. 2554, Il. 3.98) as “δελφίνιος”. The cult is also testified by Cnossian inscriptions at Delos, where the form of the title is “δελφίδιος” (B. C. H. iii. 293, iv. 355). There was a Cretan month Delphinius (B. C. H. iii. 293, C. I. G. ii. 2448), and a Delphinion at Drerus in Crete (Rhein. Mus. 1856, 393). See Preller-Robert i. p. 257 n. 4, Pauly-Wissowa “Apollon” 47, Wide Lakon. Kulte p. 87 f. For the supposed Cretan origin of the cult see on 495.

394-6. The transposition of these lines, with the futures “ῥέξουσι, ἀγγελέουσι” (first made by Matthiae), to follow 390 would be plausible but that 393 is left incomplete, which involves further violence. Moreover the present “ἀγγέλλουσι” is well established by M and x, and the change of “ῥέξουσι” to “ῥέζουσι” is graphically almost imperceptible, and constant in MSS. of the Iliad. The lines may therefore stand as a parenthesis. Gemoll's parallel a 23, 24 is in point: the function of the Cretans as priests of Apollo is mentioned by anticipation.

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