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petit, ‘courts the company of,’ ‘resorts to.’ The word is specially used of love-suits, as in 755. 239-42. In IliadX. 220-47 Diomede, being bidden by Agamemnon to choose one out of the many who offer to join him in the visit to the Trojan camp by night, replies: “εἰ μὲν δὴ ἕταρίν γε κελεύετε μ᾽ αὐτὸν ἑλέσθαι, πῶς ἂν ἔπειτ᾽ Ὀδυσῆος ἐγὼ θείοιο λαθοίμην, οὗ πέρι μὲν πρόφρων κραδίη καὶ θυμὸς ἀγήνωρ ἐν πάντεσσι πόνοισι, φιλεῖ δέ ἑ Παλλὰς Ἀθήνη. τούτου γε σπομένοιο καὶ ἐκ πυρὸς αἰθομένοιο ἄμφω νοστήσαιμεν, ἐπεὶ περίοιδε νοῆσαι.”
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