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[33] ἔμπΝευσεν has been altered on the ground that “ἐμπνεῖν” elsewhere takes a dative. But there is a clear case of “ἐμπρήθειν” with acc., Il. 1.481 ἐν δ᾽ ἄνεμος πρῆσεν μέγαν ἱστίον”, and on this analogy “ἐμπνεῖν” can stand with acc. In Pind. Isthm.ii. 40οὖρος ἐμπνεύσαις ὑπέστειλ᾽ ἱστίον” the construction is ambiguous; “ἱστίον” may however be governed by “ἐμπνεύσαις”, though most editors supply “ἱστίῳ”, taking the acc. with “ὑπέστειλε” alone.

In Ovid (l.c. 660) and Seneca (l.c. 450) a sudden calm falls before the god manifests his power.

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