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[250] τῷ: for the dat. of interest with “ἐφθίατο”, cf. 2.295; see § 3 g.

γενεαί: generations, reckoned as of about 30 years each. Since Nestor was now in the middle of the third generation, he is to be thought of as about ‘three score and ten’ years old. cf. ter aevo functus senex Hor. Carm. ii. 9. In Od. 3.245, ten years after this scene, he is said to have reigned “τρὶς γένἐ ἀνδρῶν. — μερόπων κτλ”.: cf. 3.402.

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