σὺν μεγάλῃ ἀρετῇ ‘with a dower of noble gifts.’ The “ἀρετή” of Penelope includes all her qualities of character and person: cp. l. 197, also such phrases as 2. 206 “εἵνεκα τῆς ἀρετῆς ἐριδαίνομεν”. Here the especial meaning of the word appears in the next clause “ὡς ἀγαθαὶ φρένες κτλ.” (ὡς being =“ὅτι οὕτως”). Note that σύν is especially used of an accompaniment or attendant circumstance: “σὺν ἔντεσι, σὺν ἵπποισιν καὶ ὄχεσφιν, σὺν θυέεσσι” ( Il.6. 270), “Ζέφυρος σὺν λαίλαπι” ( Od.12. 408), &c.
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