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[320] Ταλθύβιον: the principal herald of Agamemnon, cf. “Γ 118, Δ 192, Η 276, Τ 196, 250, 267, Ψ” 897. According to Herodotus (vii. 134), he had a sanctuary at Sparta, and his family lived there long as heralds.

Εὐρυβάτην: only here as herald of Agamemnon; to be distinguished from Odysseus's herald of the same name, see on 2.184.

προσέειπεν: is regularly followed by the direct address in the next verse, but occasionally some incidental remark intervenes by way of parenthesis, as here and Od. 17.342 ff.

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