ἐλέφαντα: ivory. The elephant is not mentioned in Homer.φοίνικι: evidently some variety of red; but it is impossible to determine the exact shade and tint, whether crimson or purplish. μιήνῃ: stain, paint. The ivory was striped with red. cf. Indum sanguineo veluti violaverit ostro| siquis ebur Verg. Aen. xii. 67 f.
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