Θέσπειαν: without conj. to connect it with the preceding, in order to mark the beginning of a new series, as vs. 501 f., 560 f., 647, 739. Only the plur. of this word is used by later writers, as for “Πλάταιαν” v. 504; but Herodotus has the sing. of both, viii. 50. See § 19 j.—The town lay at the foot of Mt. Helicon. Thespiae and Platea were the only Boeotian cities to refuse ‘earth and water’ to Xerxes.Γραῖαν: near Oropus. From this is derived the later name “Γραικοί”. εὐρύχορον: generally of cities (with broad squares for the choral dance), as here. Even now in Greece the villagers assemble on the public square for their dances.—Freq. in Homer are three substs. so placed in a verse that but one has an adj., and this adj. with its noun fills the second half of the verse; cf. vs. 497, 502, 532, 561, 582, 606, 647, 739, etc. Μυκαλησσόν: on the road from Thebes to Chalcis.
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