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[386] Βίης κτλ.: a periphrasis for “the mighty Eteocles.” See § 2 s; cf. 5.638, 781. Eteocles is not mentioned elsewhere in Homer. The Theban nobles were assembled, after the fashion of the heroic times (cf. 1 ff.), feasting in the palace, when Tydeus came and was invited to join in the banquet. cf. 5.805.

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