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[91] πολλόν: for its inflection, see § 20 f.; for its adv. use, cf. “μέγα” vs. 78, 103; “πολύ” v. 112.

ἄριστος: mightiest, as commander-in-chief of the army; cf. 2.82, 580, see on 2.108. — The Homeric heroes were always frank of speech; Achilles calls himself “ἄριστος Ἀχαιῶν” vs. 244, 412; Odysseus says that his fame reaches to the heavens, “καί μευ κλέος οὐρανὸν ἵκει ι” 20; Hector challenges the bravest of the Achaeans to fight “Ἕκτ<*> δίῳ Η” 75. cf. sum pius Aeneas fama super aethera notus Verg. Aen. i. 378 f. But the formula “εὔχομαι εἶναι” often contains no idea of boasting, and may mean only claim to be, affirm himself to be.

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