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[500] ἀνδρῶν: prob. limiting gen. with “ἀλωάς. — λικμώντων”: cf. “λικμητῆρος ἐρωῇ Ν” 590. The threshed grain was tossed into the air by a broad shovel (“πτύον Ν” 588), doubtless against the wind.

ξανθή: the epithet seems to be borrowed from the ripened grain. cf. “φοινικόπεζαν Δάματρα” Pind. Ol. vi. 94 f., rubicunda Ceres Verg. Georg. i. 297, flava Ceres ib. 96, where Servius says flava propter aristarum maturitatem. But many of the divinities and heroes had blonde hair.

Δημήτηρ: mentioned also “Β 696, Ξ 326, Φ 76, ε” 125. She is not an important divinity in Homer. — The goddess is here said to do what men do in her service.

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