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“ἦ δολιχὴ νοῦσος ἦ Ἄρτεμις ἰοχέαιρα”
“οἷς ἀγανοῖς βελέεσσιν ἐποιχομένη κατέπεφνεν”; When “κῆρες” are personified, their action is to carry off their victims as a wild beast takes its prey; cp. “κῆρες ἄγον” Il.2. 834, “φορέουσι” Il.8. 528, “φέρουσαι” Od.14. 207.At the birth of each mortal, his special “κήρ” is assigned him; cp. Il.23. 78“ἀλλ᾽ ἐμὲ μὲν κὴρ”
“ἀμφέχανε στυγερὴ, ἥ περ λάχε γεινόμενόν περ”. And thus it is the “μοῖρα” of a man, that his particular “κήρ” should find him at last, Il.18. 117, 119“οὐδὲ γὰρ οὐδὲ βίη Ἡρακλῆος φύγε κῆρα . . ἀλλά ἑ μοῖρα δάμασσε”. The personality of the “κῆρες” appears only in one passage, Il.18. 535 foll., where “ὀλοὴ κήρ” appears on the shield of Achilles. The Hesiodic conception of the “κῆρες” is quite different; they are described ( Theog.220) “αἵ τ᾽ ἀνδρῶν τε θεῶν τε παραιβασίας ἐφέπουσαι”,
“οὐδέποτε λήγουσι θεαὶ δεινοῖο χόλοιο”
“πρίν γ᾽ ἀπὸ τῷ δώωσι κακὴν ὄπιν ὅστις ἁμάρτῃ”.
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