ἄρκτον ἐΠοίησεν: Ovid's “simulacra inania” (668) is a more “modern” touch. In his contest with Deriades, Dionysus takes the form of a bear, among other changes, Dion. xl. 46. Crusius is therefore wrong in stating that the mention of the bear is mythologically unique in connexion with Dionysus.σ´ηματα φαίνων=Od. 21.413 (of Zeus thundering); cf. Il. 2.353. 47, 48. ἂν δ᾽ ἔστη: to be taken with “λέων” as well as “ἄρκτος”, unless some verb is to be mentally supplied from “ἀνέστη” for “λέων”. In either case there is some harshness, though not more, perhaps, than elsewhere in the hymn. But it is possible that a line has dropped out after 47, containing a verb for “λέων. δεινὸν ὑΠόδρα ἰδών” is not to be disturbed; cf. Il. 15.13, Scut. 445.
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