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[723] ὀλοόφρονος ὔδρου: const. with “ἕλκεϊ”, ablatival gen., from the cruel water-snake; see on v. 396. The wound not only disabled Philoctetes but rendered his presence odious to his com<*>des.

<*>“<*>χα δὲ κτλ”.: the Catalogue contains several such references to events which do not fall within the time of the action of the Iliad, cf. vs. 690 ff., 699 ff. — A prophet declared that Troy could be taken only with the help of the arrows of Heracles that Philoctetes had in his possession. Acc. to Sophocles in his tragedy Philoctetes, the hero was brought from Lemnos to Troy by Odysseus and Neoptolemus (son of Achilles). No other allusion to this story is found in the Homeric poems. Philoctetes reached home in safety at the close of the war, Od. 3.190.

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