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[23] “ὥς τε λέων κτλ”.: a comparison instead of the apod., which (with “ὀφθαλμοῖσιν ἰδών” as a repetition of “ὡς ἐνόησεν”) follows at v. 27. The gnomic aor. “ἐχάρη” contains the point of comparison; but “πεινάων” also receives emphasis from its position and corresponds to “φάτο γὰρ τίσασθαι” v. 28, i.e. joy at the promised satisfaction of a passionate desire.

ἐπὶ σώματι κύρσας: as he happened upon the carcass of a beast just slain in the chase (cf. v. 26). “σῶμα” is used in Homer only of a dead body, see § 2 v.—Cf. impastus stabula alta leo ceu saepe peragrans, | suadet enim vesana fames; si forte fugacem | conspexit capream aut surgentem in cornua cervum | gaudet Verg. Aen. x. 723 ff. Similar comparison is found 11.474 ff. The aor. is gnomic, like “εὑρών” below.

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