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[125] ἐν μεγάρῳ: in her chamber, cf. v. 142, “ἀλλ̓ γ̓” (sc. Andromache) “ἱστὸν ὕφαινε μυχῷ δόμου ὑψηλοῖο δίπλακα πορφυρέην, ἐν δὲ θρόνα” (flowers) “ποικίλ̓ ἔπασσεν Χ” 440 f.

ἱστόν: web. Weaving was the most honorable employment of Homeric women; it occupied queens and goddesses. So Hector, on parting from Andromache, says “ἀλλ̓ εἰς οἶκον ἰοῦσα τὰ ς᾿ αὐτῆς ἔργα κόμιζε” (care for), | “ἱστόν τ̓” (loom) “ἠλακάτην τε” (spindle) 6.490 f. cf. the web of Penelope Od. 2.94 ff., of Circe Od. 10.221 ff., the looms of the Ithacan nymphs Od. 13.107 f., the robes made by Athena 8.385 f., 14.178 f., the robe woven by Helen and given to Telemachus Od. 15.123 ff.

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