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Nereides nymphaeque. In Homer (cf. 311) the handmaids are four in number ( Od.X. 350): “γίγνονται δ᾽ ἄρα ταίγε ἔκ τε κρηνέων ἀπό τ᾽ ἀλσέων ἔκ θ᾽ ἱερῶν ποταμῶν, οἵτ᾽ εἰς ἅλαδε προρέουσιν.” In Homer, too, they are busied with household duties, which are particularly described ( Od.X. 352-72).

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