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[821] Ἴδης: a lofty mountain-chain in the Troad, stretching from northwest to southeast, with many projecting shoulders.

ἐν κνημοῖσι: where Anchises had charge of the herds and herdsmen; cf. “ μιν” (Aeneas) “ὑπ̓ Ἀγχίσῃ τέκε βουκολέοντι Ε” 313. It was one of the patriarchal customs of those times that kings and kings' sons tended their flocks on the slopes of the mountains, cf. 6.25, 424.

θεὰ βροτῷ: for the antithesis, cf. “οἷον δή νυ θεοὺς βροτοὶ αἰτιόωνται α” 32.

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