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[20] ὑπὲρ κεφαλῆς: every Homeric dream appears above the head and takes a familiar form; cf. 23.65 ff., “Ω 682, δ” 796 ff., Od. 6.21 ff., Od. 20.32, (Iris) devolat, et supra caput astitit Verg. Aen. iv. 702.

Νηληίῳ υἷι: to the son of Neleus. The adj. is equiv. to a gen., cf. vs. 54, 416, 465, 528, 604, 3.180.—The Dream took this form in order not to terrify the king, and to persuade him most readily.

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