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μὲν αἱ Σειρῆνες ἐπῇδον: Cf. ‘what songs the Syrens sang, or what name Achilles assumed when he hid himself among the women, though puzzling questions, are not beyond conjecture.’ Sir Thomas Browne, Urn Burial, c. iv. Acc. to Homer, there were two Sirens, whose song is given, μ 184-191. Later writers name three, Ligeia, Leucosia, Parthenope (or Aglaopheme, Molpe, Thelxiepeia). For a fuller account, see Seyffert, Dict. Class. Antiq., s.v. Sirens.

τοιάδε τις: as in i. 1. 1.— δεῦῤ ἄγε δὴ κτλ.: cf. Hom. μ 184, where the verse begins δεῦρ᾽ ἄγ̓ ἰών.

οὔκ: for the accent, see G. 138, 1; H. 112 a.

τοῖς ἐπ᾽ ἀρετῇ φιλοτιμουμένοις: those who prided themselves on their calor.

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