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[123] Mark the ‘chiasmus.’—This verse explains the preceding “ἕλκε”, and gives the result of that action. cf. 5.417.—Statius translates, cornua contingit mucrone et pectora nervo Thebaïd ix. 866.—When the bow-string is drawn back to the breast, the iron arrow-point (“σίδηρον”) is brought near to the bow. cf. Vergil's far inferior imitation, et duxit longe, donec curvata coirent| inter se capita et manibus iam tangeret aequis,| laeva aciem ferri, dextra nervoque papillam| extemplo teli stridorem audiit Aen. xi. 860 ff.

σίδηρον: only here in Homer of an arrow-point.

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