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τὸν γὰρ Δηλιακὸν χορὸν τῶν γυναικῶν—the enlogy of the κοῦραι Δηλιάδες, Delian women who sang the chorus, immediately precedes the passage about to be quoted. τοῦ ἐπαίνου—viz. of the Delian women. For the gen. cf. c. 59, 4. ἀλλ᾽ ἄγεθ᾽.=H. to Apollo 165-172. ὑποκρίνασθαι ἀφήμως—‘answer with one accord,’ i.e. ὁμοφήμως. The scholiast gives ἁθρόως. The reading ἀφήμως is supported by that of the MSS. of the hymn, ἀφ᾽ ἡμέων (or similar). Inferior MSS. of Thuc. give εὐφήμως. τυφλὸς ἀνήρ—“this line,” says Sikes, “was at least partly the origin of the tradition that Homer was blind, and lived in Chios.”
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