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[314] γούνατα: the knees were to the Homeric warriors the seat of physical strength. In them, physical weakness is early shown. cf. Eng. ‘weakkneed.’ See on 5.176; cf. “ὁππότε μιν κάματός τε καὶ ἱδρὼς γούναθ᾽ ἵκοιτο Ν 711, βλάβεται δέ τε γούνατ̓ ἰόντι Τ 166, κάματος δ̓ ὑπὸ γούνατ̓ ἐδάμνα Φ” 52. Hector as a suppliant begged Achilles “ὑπὲρ ψυχῆς καὶ γούνων Χ” 338.

ἕποιτο: kept pace with, “did the bidding of,” the spirit.—“βίη κτι”.: cf. “Η 157, Λ 670, Ψ 629, ξ” 468, 503.

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