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[11] παλίντονον. It is difficult to decide whether this is a general epithet —‘springing back,’ as a bow does when drawn—, or denotes a particular kind of bow, as in Herodotus (7. 69). In the latter case it may imply that the middle part of the bow is curved ‘backwards,’ i.e. is convex towards the archer: cp. Il.8. 266.

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