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[611] καθεῦδε: slept, as “Ω 675, εὗδε Ι” 663; cf. “ἔνθ̓ ἄρα καὶ τότ̓ ἔλεκτο καὶ Ἠῶ δῖαν ἔμιμνεν τ” 50.

ἀναβάς: of ascending a couch, only here and “ὁμὸν λέχος εἰσαναβαίνοι Θ” 291. No special height of couch is to be inferred.

παρὰ δέ: adv., beside him.

χρυσόθρονος: cf. the similar attributes of the divinities; “χρυσάοροςwith golden sword of Apollo, “Ε 509; χρυσηλάκατοςwith golden arrow of Artemis, “δ 122; χρυσοπέδιλοςgolden-sandalled of Hera, “λ 604; χρυσόπτεροςgoldenwinged of Iris, “Θ 398; χρυσόρραπιςwith golden wand of Hermes, Od. 5.87. See on v. 37. The throne was covered with thin plates of gold.

Zeus prepares to fulfil his promise to Thetis (1.509 f., 523) by sending a dream to Agamemnon. The intended battle, which is to be disastrous to the Achaeans, is delayed by a test of the disposition of the army; the Greek and Trojan forces do not advance to meet each other until the close of the book (vs. 780, 809 f.).— The events narrated in B occupy the first part of the 22d day of the action of the Iliad.

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