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Book 6 (Ζ

οἰώθη, was left to itself by the departure of the gods, after the events of the last book. Cf. 11.401.

[2] Note the suspicious trochaic caesura in the 4th foot. πεδίοιο, along the plain, as usual; not a partitive gen. after “ἔνθα. ἰθύειν” is the regular word for ‘charging,’ 4.507, 11.552, etc., the parallel form “ἰθύνειν” being used for the transitive. The mid. “ἰθύνεσθαι” recurs only Od. 5.270, Od. 22.8. ἰθυνομένων is gen. abs., the subject being easily supplied from the first line; ἀλλήλων is doubtless the gen. usual after verbs of aiming (H. G. § 151 c), and is not in agreement with the participle. Cf. 13.499.

[4] The reading of this line is one of the most puzzling problems in Homeric textual criticism. The MSS., as will be seen, are unanimous for μεσσηγὺς Σιμόεντος ἰδὲ Ξάνθοιο ῥοάων. But Aristonikos says (“ διπλῆ”) “ὅτι ἐν τοῖς ἀρχαίοις ἐγέγραπτο μεσσηγὺς ποταμοῖο Σκαμάνδρου καὶ στομαλίμνης: διὸ καὶ ἐν τοῖς ὑπομνήμασι φέρεται. ὕστερον δὲ περιπεσὼν ἔγραψε” (sc. “ Ἀρίσταρχος”) “μεσσηγὺς Σιμόεντος ἰδὲ Ξάνθοιο ῥοάων. τοῖς γὰρ περὶ τοῦ ναυστάθμου τόποις γραφὴ συμφέρει, πρὸς οὓς μάχονται” (‘sc. hi versus illa lectione retenta’ Lehrs). Further, Schol. T says “πρότερον ἐγέγραπτο μεσσηγὺς ποταμοῖο Σκαμάνδρου