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[151] τεττίγεσσιν: cicadae. The males sit on sunny bushes and during the longest days make, by rubbing their wings, a clear chirping noise which the Greeks of all times admired greatly. They are not mentioned elsewhere in Homer. — The comparison refers only to the tone of voice; cf. “ἠχέτα” (loud-singing) “τέττιξ δενδρέῳ ἐφεζόμενος λιγυρὴν καταχεύετ̓ ἀοιδὴν πυκνὸν ὑπὸ πτερύγων, θέρεος” (summer) “καματώδεος ὥρῃ” Hesiod Works 582 ff., “μακαρίζομέν δε, τέττιξ, ὅτε δενδρέων ἐπ̓ ἄκρων ὀλίγην δρόσον” (dew) “πεπωκώς βασιλεὺς ὅπως ἀείδεις: . . φιλέουσι μέν σε Μοῦσαι, φιλέει δὲ Φοῖβος αὐτός, λιγυρὴν δ̓ ἔδωκεν οἴμηνAnacreontea 32.

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