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[272] “οἳ νῦν κτλ”.: who now live as mortals upon the earth.

ἐπιχθόνιοι: equiv. to “ἐπὶ χθονὶ ὄντες”. H. 588. cf. “ἀνέρες . . . ἐπὶ χθονὶ σῖτον ἔδοντες ι” 89.

μαχέοιτο: pres. opt. from “μαχέομαι”, a collateral form of “μάχομαι”, cf. “αἰδεῖσθαι” v. 23 with “αἰδομένω” v. 331.

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