ὀκτώ: part of the wonder, since sparrows generally lay only four or five eggs. The numbers receive prominence since the interpretation of the omen rests only on the equal number of sparrows and years of war. cf. Pharaoh's dream with its seven fat kine for seven years of plenty, and seven lean kine for seven years of famine, Gen. xli.μήτηρ, ἣ τέκε: for the epexegesis, see § 1 t.
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