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[463] νέοι: the companions of Odysseus, in contrast with “δ̔ γέρων”, the old priest; cf. 2.789. In the corresponding passage of the Odyssey, the “νέοι” are the sons of Nestor.

παῤ αὐτόν: by the priest himself, who is thus marked as the principal, directing person at the sacrifice.

πεμπώβολα: these bronze forks prob. had bent tines, like some antique Etruscan bronzes that have been found, not unlike a hand with fingers bent in readiness to grasp some object.

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