κάρτιστοι: pred. “these were the mightiest ever born on earth”; cf. “Β 216, 673, καρτίστην δὴ τήν γε μάχην φάτο δύμεναι ἀνδρῶν Ζ” 185 “he said that this was the hardest fight he ever had,” “τοῦ δὴ καλλίστους ἵππους ἴδον Κ” 436 “his horses were the most beautiful I ever saw,” “Η 155, λ 309, 421, μ” 258. — For the repetition of “κάρτιστοι”, cf. that of “πείθεσθαι”, vs. 273 f.; see § 2 p.δή: doubtless, strengthens the superlative, as often.
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