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nimium tardantis, the long delay of his return exposing Penelope to the importunities of her suitors, as is related in Odyssey I. This is the conjecture of Riese, for timidi aut audacis of MSS. including Can.1, Can.7, Bod. King translates ‘Ulysses valiant most to craven foes,’ following the reading of Heinsius (from one MS.) timidis audacis, for which cf. X. 643, fortisque fugacibus esto. [This must be, I think, timidi haut audacis: ‘Helen would not have been more solicited by suitors, nor Hippodamia who caused the battle of the Centaurs with the Lapithae, nor Penelope, a woman so full of attractiveness (“πολυμνήστη”) as to make Ulysses seem not so much a bold man for at last reasserting his title to possess her, as a faint-hearted poltroon for not returning to claim her before. R.E. ] This is adopted by Ehwald and approved by S. G. Owen.
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