χαλκοβατές: with bronze threshold, an epith. applied four times to the home of Zeus, once to that of Hephaestus, and once to the palace of Alcinous. The threshold of wood was prob. covered with a plate of bronze. The floor of the hall of Zeus was covered with gold, 4.2; cf. ‘and the floor of the house he overlaid with gold, within and without,’ 1 Kings vi. 30, of Solomon's temple.
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