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[849] cf. 16.288.

850 = “Φ 158. — Ἀξίου”: for the repetition, see on v. 671. The Axius is one of the chief rivers of Macedonia, west of the Strymon. Homer applies to it the epiths. “εὺρυρέεθρος Φ” 141 and “βαθοδίνης Φ” 143.

κάλλιστον: pred. “Whose water is the most beautiful that” etc. A similar expression is used of the Enipeus, “ὃς πολὺ κάλλιστος” “ποταμῶν ἐπὶ γαῖαν ἵησιν λ” 239. The water of the Axius is now muddy.

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