ὅτε λήξειεν, ‘each time he stopped.’ For this iterative force of the optative with “ὅτε” or a relative pronoun cp. Od.11. 584 foll., 591 foll.; 12. 237-241; Il.10. 489 foll. At every pause in the story Odysseus poured a thank-offering to the gods, in remembrance of their constant care of him.
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