Νιρεύς: mentioned only here in Homer. He is celebrated as a pattern of beauty. Lucian invents a dialogue between him and Thersites. — For the repetition of his name (‘epanalepsis’), cf. vs. 838, 850, 871; see § 2 p. Such repetitions served to chain the attention of the hearer. — “Σύμ<*>θεν”: a small island, off the Carian coast, north of Rhodes; a Dorian colony like the islands of vs. 676 ff.
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