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[407] παυρότερον: smaller, sc. than our fathers. cf. “παῦρος δέ οἱ” (i.e. Nireus) “εἵπετο λαός Β” 675.

ἀγαγόντε: dual, since Sthenelus thinks only of himself and Diomed.

ὑπὸ τεῖχος: up under the wall, i.e. to the foot of the wall. cf. “ὑπὸ Ἴλιον ἦλθεν Β” 216. Possibly with reference to the height of the Cadmean citadel.

ἄρειον: comp., better, i.e. stronger. Cf. 15.736. In sharp contrast with “παυρότερον” at the beginning of the verse.

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