αἰθαλόεν: the ceiling-timbers were blackened by the smoke from the fires and torches for which no adequate outlet was provided. The same epith. is applied to the ceiling of Odysseus, Od. 22.239.πρῆσαι: const. with the gen., like the allied “ἐμπλῆσαι”, as “Ι 242, Π” 81. θύρετρα: the double door which with its decorations formed a principal ornament of the palace, cf. Od. 17.268.
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